World Press Photo Foundation and KidsRights Foundation launch collaboration to highlight children’s rights

The first KidsRights exhibition will be shown alongside World Press Photo 16 in Zutphen in De Walburgiskerk from 15 July to 4 August. © Patrick van Gemert / Zutphens Persbureau

The World Press Photo Foundation and the KidsRights Foundation are proud to announce they have entered into a collaboration. The foundations are organizing a dual exhibition that will travel to various locations in The Netherlands between July 2016 and July 2017.

This initiative serves as a prelude to a multi-year partnership during which the organizations will develop a variety of joint projects, such as thematic presentations that will travel internationally, masterclasses and a children’s jury. The KidsRights exhibition “The International Children’s Peace Prize” will be shown alongside the World Press Photo 16 exhibit in Zutphen and Naarden. In 2017 the dual exhibition will be on show in Amsterdam.

Today the collaboration is launched by the managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation Lars Boering, and Marc Dullaert, founder and chairman of KidsRights, at the opening of the dual exhibition. Especially designed for the collaboration with World Press Photo, the exhibition “The International Children’s Peace Prize” uses photography and storytelling to illustrate the extraordinary work of the young winners.

The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. Every year, the message of the new young winner has enormous impact and demonstrates to millions of people globally that change is possible. Previous winners include Nkosi Johnson, who fought for the rights of children with AIDS, and Malala Yousafzai, who won the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2013 before winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

The World Press Photo 16 exhibition showcases the best images of the year, awarded during the foundation’s annual photography contest. The exhibition travels to 100 cities and 45 countries, reaching a global audience of 4 million people each year.

Managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation Lars Boering:

“The World Press Photo Foundation is committed to promoting freedom of speech and expression through the best visual journalism, and we do that wherever possible in partnership with like-minded organizations. KidsRights shares these values and we are proud to work together.

The dual exhibition will hopefully be just the first step. We would like to have an on-going partnership during which we will develop a variety of joint projects, such as thematic exhibitions that will travel internationally, master classes and working with a children's jury.”

Founder and chairman of the KidsRights Foundation Marc Dullaert:

“The winners of the Children’s Peace Prize show that children are so much more than passive recipients of aid, they can bring actual change. The exhibition shows their struggle, yet most of all it shows their action and projects to improve the lives of children in their communities and beyond. Amazing stories to inspire us all.

I am very proud that alongside the World Press Photo exhibition, we have an opportunity to demonstrate this positive message of children as changemakers for children’s rights.”

The locations and dates for the dual exhibition are:

Zutphen: De Walburgiskerk, 15 July - 4 August
Naarden: De Grote Kerk, 6 - 28 August 2016
Amsterdam, De Nieuwe Kerk, 15 April – 9 July 2017

About the International Children's Peace Prize
The International Children’s Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights. Every year, the message of the new young winner has enormous impact and demonstrates to millions of people globally that change is possible. The International Children’s Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, founder of the KidsRights Foundation. It was launched in 2005 during the Nobel Peace Laureates’ Summit in Rome, chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev. The International Children’s Peace Prize is presented by a Nobel Peace Laureate. Each year, the expert committee of the Prize receives nominations from countries all over the world. Very remarkable, but often unknown, brave children have been discovered through the annual nomination process.

About The KidsRights Foundation
KidsRights is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the wellbeing of very vulnerable children across the world and advocates the realisation of their rights. KidsRights strives for a world where all children have access to their rights and are enabled to realise the great potential they carry within them. KidsRights sees children as changemakers with the power to move the world, and facilitates in voicing their opinions and taking action in order to bring about change.

KidsRights supports children by commanding global attention for the realisation of children’s rights and acting as a catalyst to ignite change, together with children and youths. We support this with research and action. In order to gain insight into the status of children’s rights, KidsRights frequently conducts research. The foundation also finances local projects aimed at directly improving the rights of vulnerable children and stimulating child participation and change-making by youths.

The International Children’s Peace Prize is one of the most important platforms KidsRights facilitates. As Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and patron of KidsRights, says: ‘KidsRights seeks to give a voice to the voiceless.’

Posted July 14 2016

About World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Foundation is a major force in developing and promoting visual journalism and visual storytelling. Through one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and digital storytelling, an exhibition seen by more than four million people worldwide each year, and extensive research and training programs, we strive to inspire, educate, and support both visual journalists and their global audience with fresh insights and new perspectives.

Founded in 1955, the World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon. There are also a range of collaborations with the World Press Photo Associates, the Friends of World Press Photo, and other partners.