(L-R) Michiel Verboven, managing director Nationale Postcode Loterij, World Press Photo board chair Pieter Broertjes, World Press Photo manager communication Manja Kamman, and World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke. © Roy Beusker Fotografie

World Press Photo is pleased to announce it has had its annual contribution of 500,000 euros from the Dutch Postcode Lottery (Nationale Postcode Loterij) renewed. In December last year, the Dutch Postcode Lottery announced that it would prolong its ten-year partnership with World Press Photo for five more years.

On 4 February, World Press Photo managing director Michiel Munneke was presented with a check at a charity event (Goed Geld Gala 2014), where the Dutch Postcode Lottery reached out to several good causes.

Munneke commented: “We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Dutch Postcode Lottery these past years,” said Munneke. “This generous annual contribution helps us achieve our goals of supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide, such as Reporting Change. This project, which runs jointly with Human Rights Watch, is aimed at training and promoting strong, professional and self-reliant visual journalism communities in North Africa. The outcome of this initiative will be presented in June this year. Part of the event will be the launch of a new photo book, Stories of Change, Beyond the Arab Spring.”

Since 1989, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds to support organizations working for a fairer, greener world. Fifty percent of its proceeds go to charity. The organization has become the Netherlands' biggest charity lottery, supporting more than 90 causes. Since its foundation, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has dispensed more than 3 billion euros to its beneficiaries.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.