World Press Photo Foundation managing director Lars Boering is leaving the organization as it seeks to reshuffle its capabilities for a changing world environment.
Having helmed the organization for the past five years, Boering’s departure isn’t unexpected but it also isn’t without some measure of controversy.
Lars Boering said in a statement, “It was a tough decision to leave this beautiful organization, especially given the timing. It has been an amazing time and I am incredibly proud of the organization and the impact it has achieved.
In these interesting and challenging times the World Press Photo Foundation, and the work it does, is more relevant now than ever before. The admiration I have for visual storytellers has grown and I hope my efforts have contributed to improving their work and position. Personally, it is time for me to pursue other opportunities, but I am confident about the future path for the organization, and am sure a successor can be identified soon.”
Chairman of the Supervisory Board Guido van Nispen said of the change, “A new phase for World Press Photo begins. A phase that builds on a strong foundation, and also leads to opportunities to future-proof the business model and ways of working. Press freedom, freedom of expression and the support of visual journalism are more important than ever, and as a leading organization that plays a crucial role for visual storytellers, the World Press Photo Foundation, with the great support of its people and partners, will keep on innovating to deliver on that promise.”
As many outlets are pointing out, it’s more dangerous for photojournalists now than ever before which might make organizations like the WPPF integral to our industry.
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