This morning, Foam announced the winner of the 2015 Paul Huf Award, the annual prize given to a photography talent under 35 years old that consists of a €20,000 cash prize and an exhibition at Foam. Photographer Momo Okabe (1981, Japan) was chosen as this years' winner by an international jury.
The jury, including, among others Felix Hoffmann (chief curator at C/O Berlin) and Brett Rogers (director of The Photographers' Gallery in London) was quoted as saying, "We are pleased to announce that we unanimously voted for Momo Okabe as this year's winner. We were impressed by the emotional power of her projects, and the extremely personal nature of her work. Momo combines tenderness with a raw intimacy, which is revealed through her use of color, variety of subjects, and sensitive handling of an important and complex social issue like transsexualism. She operates in the lineage of Japanese photography that is highly regarded but has created an aesthetic that is uniquely her own."
The Foam Paul Huf Award has been organised by Foam since 2007. The prize focuses entirely on young, international talent and boasts an impressive list of previous winners. Previous winners include Daniel Gordon in 2014, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs in 2013, Alex Prager in 2012, who was represented by Michael Hoppen Gallery at Unseen Photo Fair 2012, and Pieter Hugo in 2008, who was represented by Yossi Milo Gallery at Unseen Photo Fair 2012.
According to Marloes Krijnen, director of Foam and co-director of Unseen, "Next to the Foam Magazine Talent Issue and Unseen, the award is very much in line with Foam's objective to discover and support international, young photography talent."
Untitled, from the series Bible, 2013 © Momo Okabe