Mon, 01/14/2008 - 08:07
World Press Photo is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands has kindly accepted the invitation to become royal patron of the Amsterdam-based organization.
Prince Constantijn has agreed to lend his support to the independent, non-profit foundation which has as its main aim to internationally support and promote the work of professional press photographers. Founded in the Netherlands in 1955, World Press Photo has over the years evolved into an international platform for photojournalism and the free exchange of information.
Alexander Rinnooy Kan, chairman of the World Press Photo supervisory board said that, as a Dutch organization, World Press Photo is naturally delighted and honored with the Prince as a new patron. "The Netherlands as our home base has been an important factor for our success and this recognition highlights our Dutch roots. Today, our activities reach around the world, but Amsterdam remains the hub for our network of professional contacts worldwide," said Rinnooy Kan.
World Press Photo is known for organizing the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Prize-winning photographs are assembled into a traveling exhibition that is visited by over 2 million people in some 50 countries worldwide.
The organization has also a long track record of stimulating development in photojournalism and encouraging transfer of knowledge - organizing the annual Joop Swart Masterclass as well as seminars, workshops and other educational projects all over the world. World Press Photo is controlled both by an independent executive board and a supervisory board.
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT.
World Press Photo organizes the leading international contest in visual journalism. The foundation is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary storytelling worldwide. Its aim is to generate wide public interest in and appreciation for the work of photographers and other visual journalists, and for the free exchange of information. The activities include organizing annual photojournalism and multimedia contests and global exhibition tours. The Academy programs strive to stimulate high-quality visual journalism through educational programs, grants and by creating greater visibility through a variety of publications. World Press Photo is an independent, non-profit organization with its office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it was founded in 1955.
The press department at World Press Photo, or tel. +31(0)20 676 6096.