Lars Boering Steps Down as Managing Director of WPP Foundation


Lars Boering, the Managing Director of the World Press Photo Foundation for the last five years, has stepped down from his role. “It was a tough decision to leave this beautiful organisation, especially given the timing. It has been an amazing time and I am incredibly proud of the organisation 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 organisation, and am sure a successor can be identified soon,” he said.

Of his contribution to the foundation, Guido van Nispen, Chairman of the Supervisory Board said, “The organisation is appreciative of Lars’ leadership over the past five years. In this time, major talent programs and grants were developed, digital reach saw substantial growth, and a new format was established to announce contest nominees and winners, to further spotlight the stories that matter.”

Boering’s resignation comes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the several difficulties it presents with regards to the foundation’s model that is built around festivals and exhibitions. “Some of the programs and some of the activities are on hold or will never come back in the same way. I believe we will not see many festivals or events return in the near future, and its doubtful whether many of our ideas will get funding to make them happen. COVID has changed everything and so I have brought my departure forward. My strength is in growth and re-imagining things. It is very clear to me and the Supervisory board that World Press Photo foundation will be better off with a Director that can steer it through, in a calm and steady way, the challenging landscape that Covid19 has unveiled,” Boering said in a statement with DPReview.

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