Royal patron for World Press Photo Foundation

World Press Photo is delighted to announce that His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands has kindly accepted the invitation to become royal patron of the Amsterdam-based organization.

Prince Constantijn has agreed to lend his support to the independent, non-profit foundation which has as its main aim to internationally support and promote the work of professional press photographers. Founded in the Netherlands in 1955, World Press Photo has over the years evolved into an international platform for photojournalism and the free exchange of information.

Alexander Rinnooy Kan, chairman of the World Press Photo supervisory board said that, as a Dutch organization, World Press Photo is naturally delighted and honored with the Prince as a new patron. "The Netherlands as our home base has been an important factor for our success and this recognition highlights our Dutch roots. Today, our activities reach around the world, but Amsterdam remains the hub for our network of professional contacts worldwide," said Rinnooy Kan.

World Press Photo is known for organizing the world's largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Prize-winning photographs are assembled into a traveling exhibition that is visited by over 2 million people in some 50 countries worldwide.

The organization has also a long track record of stimulating development in photojournalism and encouraging transfer of knowledge - organizing the annual Joop Swart Masterclass as well as seminars, workshops and other educational projects all over the world. World Press Photo is controlled both by an independent executive board and a supervisory board.

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

Posted January 14 2008

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.

Nieuwe leden Bestuur en Raad van Toezicht en Advies World Press Photo (in Dutch)

World Press Photo verwelkomt een nieuw bestuurslid en een nieuw lid tot haar Raad van Toezicht en Advies.

Op 12 november is Atzo Nicolaï toegetreden tot het World Press Photo Bestuur. Hij volgt Pieter Broertjes op als vice-voorzitter, die al enige tijd bestuursvoorzitter is. Nicolaï is Tweede Kamerlid en voormalig minister.

Tot de Raad van Toezicht en Advies is Antony Burgmans toegetreden. Burgmans is voormalig voorzitter/CEO van Unilever. Eerder dit jaar heeft de Raad van Toezicht en Advies Louk de la Rive Box al als nieuw lid verwelkomd. De la Rive Box is rector van het Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in Den Haag en hoogleraar internationale samenwerking.

De samenstelling van het World Press Photo Bestuur is vanaf heden als volgt:
Voorzitter: Pieter Broertjes, hoofdredacteur de Volkskrant
Vice-voorzitter: Atzo Nicolaï, Tweede Kamerlid en voormalig minister
Penningmeester: Lillan Baruch, Betty's Best Consultancy
Secretaris: Jan Banning, fotograaf
Lid: Barbara Jonckheer

De samenstelling van de Raad van Toezicht en Advies is vanaf heden als volgt:
Voorzitter: Alexander Rinnooy Kan, voorzitter Sociaal-Economische Raad (SER)
Peter Bakker, CEO TNT
Niek Biegman, fotograaf en voormalig Nederlands ambassadeur
Antony Burgmans, voormalig voorzitter/CEO Unilever
Peter Dejong, fotograaf The Associated Press
Ebba Hoogenraad, partner Steinhauser Hoogenraad Advocaten
Geert van Kesteren, fotograaf Magnum Photos
Jacco Leurs, marketingdirecteur Europa Canon Consumer Imaging
Louk de la Rive Box, rector Institute of Social Studies, hoogleraar Internationale   Samenwerking
Dirk van der Spek, hoofdredacteur Focus en uitgever/directeur Focus Media Groep
Bas Vroege, directeur Paradox en adviseur Master of Photographic Studies Rijksuniversiteit Leiden

World Press Photo ontvangt steun van de Nationale Postcode Loterij en wordt wereldwijd gesponsord door Canon en TNT.

Posted November 14 2007

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.

World Press Photo receives CBF Seal of Approval

World Press Photo has received official accreditation for good practices from the Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF), an independent regulatory body in the Netherlands.

The CBF Seal of Approval, granted on October 8, establishes that World Press Photo operates in a responsible and accountable manner as a beneficiary of lottery funds.

The World Press Photo Foundation is not itself involved in fundraising, but does receive financial assistance from the Dutch Postcode Lottery. The CBF Seal indicates that the foundation has undergone a thorough assessment by the CBF, and has been approved as a beneficiary of gaming funds for good causes.

The CBF Seal is an acknowledgement of the foundation's trustworthiness. All holders of the seal must adhere to a strict set of regulations. The seal is valid for five years, but the CBF monitors all recipients annually to ensure standards are maintained.

Posted October 29 2007

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.

Website update with multimedia

The coverage on the World Press Photo website of this year's award-winning work and its authors has been considerably extended, including a special interview project together with the University of Miami School of Communication.

All photographs in the Winners Gallery now include full captions and your questions on who's who are answered by short biographies and portraits of the photographers.

In addition, a multimedia project we organized jointly with the University of Miami School of Communication presents interviews with this year's first prize winners. By clicking on the photographs shown alongside the interviews you can zoom in on particular details.

The interview footage was recorded in Amsterdam during the Awards Days. The project was funded by the Knight Center for International Media.

Click here to see the interviews.

Posted May 16 2007

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.

World Press Photo reduces its carbon footprint

In line with our participation in Hier (here), a campaign fighting global warming instigated by the beneficiaries of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, World Press Photo has committed itself to conform to regulations aimed at operating in a carbon neutral fashion from the end of this year.

On April 18 a total of 40 organizations, many with international affiliations, announced that they would set an example by reducing their carbon footprint with immediate effect. The City of Amsterdam and National Geographic were among the organizations that showed their support by co-signing the declaration.

Our membership of GreenSeats means that we compensate the CO2 emissions of all flights we book, including those for our guests at the Awards Days.

Posted May 16 2007

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.

Royal decoration for Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger

During the annual Awards Ceremony of the World Press Photo contest on Sunday 22 April in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, the Mayor of the City of Amsterdam Dr. Job Cohen presented the Chairman of the Executive Board Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger with a Royal Decoration promoting him to Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau.

According to the Mayor, Mr. Wolffensperger "has committed himself to public service during an extensive period in time, inspiring and stimulating others in the process."

Wolffensperger has been been a member of World Press Photo board since 1986 and chairman since 1998. Later this month, he will officially step down from the board and pass on the responsibilities of chairman to the current vice chairman of the executive board Pieter Broertjes, editor in chief of the Dutch daily de Volkskrant.

In addition to his long-term commitment to World Press Photo, Wolffensperger has been active in supporting photography in the Netherlands through his involvement in several other organizations, such as the Nederlands Foto Instituut, FotografenFederatie and the Burafo foundation.

Posted April 23 2007

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.

Koninklijke onderscheiding voor Vincent Mentzel (in Dutch)

Op vrijdag 27 april heeft Vincent Mentzel, fotograaf van NRC Handelsblad en oud-bestuurslid van de Stichting World Press Photo, een Koninklijke onderscheiding ontvangen uit handen van de Burgemeester van Rotterdam, de heer mr. I.W. Opstelten, in het Stadhuis van Rotterdam. Hij is gedecoreerd tot Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw.

In 1981 trad Vincent Mentzel toe tot het bestuur van de Stichting World Press Photo. Hij heeft een grote bijdrage geleverd aan het voortbestaan van de stichting. Als staffotograaf van NRC Handelsblad had Mentzel al verscheidene prijzen gewonnen in de jaarlijkse World Press Photo wedstrijd, bij welke hij later als jurylid en secretaris optrad. Daarnaast heeft hij namens World Press Photo plaatsgenomen in jury's van andere internationale fotografiewedstrijden. Vincent Mentzel is ook betrokken geweest bij diverse educatieve projecten van de organisatie. Zo trad hij op als tutor bij seminars in Beiroet (1995) en Peking (1996). Eind 2005 is hij na 25 jaar afgetreden als bestuurslid.

Mentzels belangeloze en enthousiaste ondersteuning van de fotografische infrastructuur heeft zich niet beperkt tot World Press Photo. Sinds 1996 is hij bestuurslid van de Stichting Fonds Anna Cornelis te Leiden, die fotografische projecten financieel mogelijk maakt. Sinds de oprichting in 2000 is hij tevens bestuurslid van het toonaangevende Foam_Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.

Naast zijn 25 jaar lange, onbezoldigde werk voor World Press Photo, kan niet worden voorbijgegaan aan Mentzels eigen fotografie. Hij heeft vele belangrijke foto-opdrachten vervuld, geëxposeerd en boekbijdragen geleverd en is voor zijn werk vele malen onderscheiden bij de Zilveren Camera, World Press Photo en in het buitenland. Zijn foto's vormen een onmiskenbare bijdrage aan het tijdsbeeld van Nederland.

World Press Photo ontvangt steun van de Nationale Postcode Loterij en wordt wereldwijd gesponsord door Canon en TNT.

Posted April 7 2007

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.

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