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 this 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.

Applications for funding may be made to the foundation in writing either by post to our address on Contacts page or by email to

The applications should include a précis of the intended project, which may already be underway but requiring ongoing funding, together with any visual supporting material (in digital format - no prints or transparencies please) and the total funding required with a breakdown of the costs. Applicants should be aware that the foundation rarely awards more than £5,000 for any one project and the average grant awarded is in the region of £1,000-£1,500.