John Edmonds - A Sidelong Glance, 2022 © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy

Foam Paul Huf Award

The Foam Paul Huf Award is an internationally acclaimed photography prize. It aims to support generational talent that have created an independent body of work that demonstrates a personal visual language and style. The award is organised by Foam since 2007. 

award prize

  • cash prize of € 20,000

  • solo exhibition at Foam

  • work of the winner will be published in the prestigious Foam Magazine

  • winner’s name will be added to an impressive list of alumni

selection criteria

To produce an internationally representative selection Foam annually approaches around twenty nominators from various parts of the world. Specialists and experts in the field of photography are each asked to select a number of talented photographers in their own region.

The prize can be awarded 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.

winner Foam Paul Huf Award 2022

Lebohang Kganye

Re shapa setepe sa lenyalo II, 2013, Her Story series C Lebohang Kganye

The jury states:

“Reflecting on personal narratives, memory, family, loss, displacement and dislocation while questioning photography’s indexicality as a marker of truth, Lebohang Kganye’s work impressed us for its clarity of vision, complexity and ambition. Spanning photography, collage, film, installation and sculpture, Kganye’s performative and visually sophisticated work draws on both family and collective archives to shed light on the fabricated nature of history and memory."

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jury 2022

Alona Pardo

Chair, Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, United Kingdom

Oscar Muñoz

Visual artist and Founder of Lugar a Dudas, Colombia

Oluremi Onabanjo

Associate Curator, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger

Chief Curator Finnish Museum of Photography and Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Festival of Political Photography, Finland

Demet Yıldız Dinçer

Photography Department Manager Istanbul Modern, Turkey

most recent exhibitions

previous winners

  1. 2022

    • Lebohang KganyeSouth Africa
  2. 2021

  3. 2020

  4. 2019

  5. 2018

  6. 2017

  7. 2016

  8. 2015

  9. 2014

  10. 2013

  11. 2012

  12. 2011

  13. 2010

  14. 2009

    • Leonie HamptonUK
  15. 2008

    • Pieter HugoSouth Africa
  16. 2007

    • Mikhael SubotzkySouth Africa
    • Taryn SimonUSA

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.

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The Foam Paul Huf Award was made possible in part by the generous support of Mentha Capital.

Foam is supported by de VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

In 2022 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and receives a contribution through the Mondriaan Fund from the Ministerie van OCW.

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