Foam Paul Huf Award

The Foam Paul Huf Award is an internationally acclaimed photography prize, initiated by Foam, for photographers under the age of 35 from across the world.

Since 2007, Foam has awarded this prize to support and offer a platform to up-and-coming artists. In the years after receiving the award, the winners have made an international breakthrough, demonstrating that winning this title had a positive impact on their careers.

Winner Foam Paul Huf Award 2020

Laia Abril wins the prize for her long term project The History of Misogyny from which she submitted Chapter one: On Abortion and Chapter two: On Rape. The Foam Paul Huf Award is presented annually to a photography talent under the age of 35 to encourage photographers in their artistic development. Abril was chosen by the majority of the jury as the fourteenth winner of the Foam Paul Huf Award.

Hippocratic Betrayal, 2016, On Abortion © Courtesy Laia Abril & Galerie Les filles du calvaire

The jury states:

“Laia Abril’s ambition to bring relevant societal topics like abortion and rape to the spotlight, especially within the current political and social climate, deserves recognition and strong support. Her perseverance in working on the long term research of her ongoing project The History of Misogyny is admirable. The result of her efforts to visualise these difficult subjects needs to be seen by an audience as large as possible. We are confident the award will enable her to continue this important body of work.”

Jury Foam Paul Huf Award 2020

The jury for 2020 consists of:

  • Elena Navarro (founder and artistic director at FOTOMÉXICO and director of Espacio V Foundation, chair, Mexico)
  • Yasufumi Nakamori (Curator of International Art at the Tate Modern in London, Japan)
  • Joachim Naudts (contemporary photography curator at FOMU, the photography museum of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Jenny Smets (independent curator & editor, freelance advisor for World Press Photo foundation and teacher at the KABK art academy in The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • Hans Gremmen (graphic designer, founder of publishing house Fw:Books and cofounder ENTER ENTER, The Netherlands)

*Due to the restricted travel possibilities as a result of the Coronavirus there has been a change in jury members.


To produce an internationally representative selection Foam approached around twenty nominators in various parts of the world. These nominators, specialists and experts in the field of photography, were each asked to select a number of talented photographers under the age of 35 in their own region. The award can be presented for any type of photography: from documentary or applied photography to journalistic or independent work. The winner’s work must exhibit a clear visual language and distinguish itself in both form and content.

Previous Winners

2007: Taryn Simon, Mikhael Subotzky 
2008: Pieter Hugo 
2009: Léonie Hampton-Purchas 
2010: Alexander Gronsky 
2011: Raphaël Dallaporta 
2012: Alex Prager
2013: Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs 
2014: Daniel Gordon 
2015: Momo Okabe 
2016: Daisuke Yokota
2017: Romain Mader
2018: Daniel Shea
2019: Eric Gyamfi

About Paul Huf

The Dutch photographer Paul Huf (1924-2002) was known for his innovative photographic technique and was an important ambassador for the establishment of Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam in 2001. To honour this special relationship, the Foam Paul Huf Award was created in 2007 in order to stimulate and support photographers on a global scale.

The Foam Paul Huf Award is made possible by the generous support from an anonymous partner.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.