AMSTERDAM, Netherlands; July 14, 2016
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 – 27 August 2016
Amsterdam, De Nieuwe Kerk, 15 April – 9 July 2017
for KidsRights Foundation