Foam Talent Call 2021

Being selected as a Foam Talent puts you in the spotlight of the international photography world. It recognises your artistic potential as an emerging artist and gives you the support to jumpstart your career.

Being selected as a Foam Talent is a career-building opportunity. Foam's Talent Programme is devoted to supporting you and your work and consists of sharing a portfolio and commissioned text in Foam Magazine, exhibited across multiple Foam touchpoints, participation in the supporting Talent Programme throughout the year, and the opportunity for your work to be added to the prestigious Art Collection Deutsche Börse.

Our editors are curious to see new work from all around the world. We are looking for image-makers that have developed their voice and that have something to say. Artists who might have already produced a self-published book, or maybe had a few exhibitions but haven’t had major publishing deals, major exhibitions or retrospectives yet. We strive for the Talent Programme to be a starting point in an artist’s career, rather than an arrival moment.


  • A portfolio in Foam Magazine's Talent Issue, published in February 2022;
  • Connect to new audiences and gain international exposure by participating in (online) programmes and events;
  • Be exhibited across multiple Foam touchpoints;
  • The chance to become part of a prestigious collection. As a selected artist, your work could be added to the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, one of the most important collections of international contemporary photography;
  • Meet experts and peers. Foam gives you access to an extensive collection of industry professionals. It offers the opportunity to build up a network and gain recognition within the photography world;
  • Compensation of €700 as a selected artist in the full programme.


  • 20 April 2021: call open
  • 2 June 2021: call closed
  • August 2021: announcement shortlist
  • February 2022: publication Foam Magazine #61: Talent 
  • April 2022: kick-off Talent Programme

-> Order Foam Magazine #58: Talent 

Since 2007 the annual Foam Talent Call is the core step in Foam’s ongoing commitment to scout, present and support new generations of talented image-makers worldwide. The Foam Talent Call and the Foam Magazine Talent issue are Foam’s own yearly look on the ever-growing photographic community.

The public call is specifically addressed towards an age group, set from 18 to 40 years old. The Talent Call is age-based because every year we strive to look at how a specific generational segment of image-makers is engaging with the medium, with the conversations ongoing in the photographic community and with their peers. This year the age segment has been widened from 35 to 40 in an attempt to address the disparity affecting our communities. The entry fee has also been lowered down to €25 in an effort to widen the possibility of its access.

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

In 2021 Foam receives additional support from Kickstart Cultuurfonds and the Mondriaan Fund.

The Foam Talent programme and the annual Talent Issue of Foam Magazine are supported by the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and the VandenEnde Foundation.

Foam Magazine is an international photography magazine, published three times a year by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.