Dutch Postcode Lottery
World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the largest lottery in the Netherlands, which supports such causes as UNICEF, the Red Cross and the WWF.
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. In 2016, the Dutch Postcode Lottery dispensed a record-breaking 328 million euros to the 95 causes it supports.
During the annual Goed Geld Gala event on 26 February 2016, World Press Photo Foundation was presented with a check for EUR 500,000. On this occasion World Press Photo was represented by managing director Lars Boering, who said: “We at the World Press Photo Foundation are really grateful to the Dutch Postcode Lottery and its participants for their ongoing support. For the past 12 years, their contributions have helped us stress the importance of strong and independent visual media and inspire an annual worldwide audience of more than 3.5 million people with our exhibition. Besides that, we were able to train visual journalists in North Africa, organize masterclasses in Europe and South America, and support visual journalists with grants and publicity. We look forward to many more years of collaboration with the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are proud to be one of their beneficiaries.”
One of the many initiatives that the lottery’s contribution enabled is Reporting Change, a program run jointly with Human Rights Watch which trains and promotes strong, professional and self-reliant visual journalism communities in North Africa.