Fri, 01/30/2009 - 10:47
TNT has extended its corporate sponsor contract with World Press Photo for another three-year period.
The news was announced in Davos yesterday where Tim Hetherington, the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, gave a keynote speech during the annual dinner in honor of the World Food Programme in front of 60 world and business leaders of which were, among others, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and Prime Minister Odinga of Kenya. In his speech, Mr Hetherington stressed the important role photojournalism has in creating global awareness for situations in the world, such as famine and global warming.
TNT has been a global corporate sponsor of World Press Photo since January 2003. As an international company with over 161,000 staff worldwide, TNT demonstrates its interest in the globe's major challenges through its efforts to help fight against world hunger, poverty and global warming.
Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, said, "TNT is a people's business and it cares about what goes on in the world. Sponsorship of World Press Photo is part of the company's social responsibility. TNT wants to make a difference, and making a difference begins with awareness. That is one of the main virtues of photojournalism."
Pieter Broertjes, chairman of World Press Photo, said, "We depend on support from the private sector as a non-profit organization. TNT chooses - by extending one of the main sponsor contracts of World Press Photo - not only to support the work of professional press photographers, but also to expand their commitment to social responsibility by highlighting the importance of the principle of freedom of the press. World Press Photo is proud to have TNT as a partner."
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.