Oswald Schwirtz New Chairman World Press Photo Supervisory Board

World Press Photo is pleased to announce that Oswald Schwirtz (NL) has been appointed as the new chairman of its Supervisory Board. He succeeds Pieter Broertjes who had served as the board’s chairman since 2007.

Oswald Schwirtz (52) is an Amsterdam-based serial entrepreneur and a photographer. He set up several companies, made a well-known documentary series on Dutch photographers entitled ‘Hollands Zicht’, and has extended experience in leading unprecedented organizations such as Young in Prison and Het Ketelhuis. Schwirtz was, among others, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Amsterdam, and currently chairs the Dutch Actors Association (Act). Also, he is the photographer of the sailing team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Oswald Schwirtz, new chairman of the Supervisory Board is looking forward to his chairmanship: “To me, World Press Photo is the most beautiful photo brand in the world. Together with the new managing director Lars Boering, we will turn the foundation into the beating heart of the international photo industry. There is an amazing base, but now comes the time to solidify it even more. World Press Photo wants to share the love for photography as widely as possible.”  

Pieter Broertjes became a member of the World Press Photo Board in 1999. In 2007, he was appointed chairman of the foundation. Broertjes says: “World Press Photo is in good hands with Oswald Schwirtz and its new director Lars Boering. After so many years on the board and 8 years as its chairman, I pass the torch to my successor with a lot of trust.”

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

Posted January 26 2015

About The World Press Photo Foundation

We are a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and our mission has expanded. We encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. We exhibit those stories to a worldwide audience, educate the profession and the public on their making, and encourage debate on their meaning.

The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We receive support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and are sponsored worldwide by Canon.