Foam Paul Huf Award

The Foam Paul Huf Award is an internationally acclaimed photography prize aiming to support generational talents and provide a platform for photographers from across the world.

The Foam Paul Huf Award is organised by Foam since 2007. This yearly prize is awarded to a generational talent that has created an independent body of work that demonstrates a personal visual language and style. The award is open to photographers working in all photographic genres including documentary, applied, journalistic and fashion photography. The artist should have been active in the field for less than 20 years and gained national or international recognition through at least one exhibition and/or publication. The winner receives a cash prize of € 20.000 and a solo exhibition at Foam. The exhibition will be developed with a Foam curator aiming to show an overview of the artists' most recent bodies of work. 

Winner Foam Paul Huf Award 2022: Lebohang Kganye

Re shapa setepe sa lenyalo Il, from the series Her Story, 2013 © Lebohang Kganye.⁠

Lebohang Kganye, from Johannesburg, South Africa, is the sixteenth winner of the internationally renowned Foam Paul Huf Award. 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.

The jury of 2022 consists of:

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).

Nominations

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.

Previous winners

2021 - John Edmonds
2020 - Laia Abril (1986, Spain)
2019 - Eric Gyamfi (1990, Ghana)
2018 - Daniel Shea (1985, United States)
2017 - Romain Mader (1988, Switzerland)
2016 - Daisuke Yokota (1983, Japan)
2015 - Momo Okabe (1981, Japan)
2014 - Daniel Gordon (1980, United States)
2013 - Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (1979, Switzerland) 
2012 - Alex Prager (1979, United States)
2011 - Raphaël Dallaporta (1980, France)
2010 - Alexander Gronsky (1980, Estonia)
2009 - Leonie Hampton (1978, United Kingdom)
2008 - Pieter Hugo (1976, South Africa)
2007 - Mikhael Subotzky (1981, South Africa) and Taryn Simon (1975, United States)

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 was made possible in part by the generous support of Mentha Capital.

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

In 2022 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund.