Awards & Grants


The foundation encourages emerging portrait photographers to create new work through the grant of John Kobal New Work Awards to help towards the costs of creating and/or exhibiting and/or publication of new work. 

Portrait photography may be interpreted in its widest sense of ‘photography portraying people with emphasis on their identity as individuals’

The first John Kobal New Work Award was given in 2009 to the Whitechapel Gallery in London for an exhibition of new work by Andrew Grassie, Rosalind Nashashibi, Nick Relph & Oliver Payne and Jurgen Teller as part of the opening of its new gallery spaces.

The foundation was also one of the sponsors of the annual National Media Museum bursary awards for emerging photographers and is completing a three year programme of support for projects set up through the charity Photovoice.