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“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart
and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.
It is, in a word, effective.”
— Irving Penn

Earth Kiln
Peace Football Club
Members of a FARC women’s football team wait for instructions from their coach, in front of a banner depicting the founding commanders of FARC, at La Elvira transitional zone. From left to right: Julieth Jiménez (26), Xiomara Mendez (20), Yurani Zapata (22) and Angela Velasco (24).
Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants
Massacre in Las Vegas
People run for cover as a gunman fires on concertgoers at the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas, USA.
Hunger Solutions
Rohingya Crisis
The bodies of Rohingya refugees are laid out after the boat in which they were attempting to flee Myanmar capsized about eight kilometers off Inani Beach, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Around 100 people were on the boat before it capsized. There were 17 survivors.
Car Attack
People are thrown into the air as a car plows into a group of protesters demonstrating against a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in Virginia, USA.
Venezuela Crisis
José Víctor Salazar Balza (28) catches fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolás Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela.
Marathon des Sables
Marathon des Sables Sports, third prize singles April 9, 2017 Participants set off on a timed stage of the Marathon des Sables, in the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco.
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The World Press Photo Exhibition represents the year's best visual journalism. Every year 4 million people visit the exhibition in 100 cities across the globe. Lightscape brings the exhibition to Washington DC in collaboration with leading think-tanks, universities, embassies, international-, media- and civil society organizations. The goal is simple, to tell the stories behind the photos and to encourage deeper undestanding and debate of current events in the community, the country and abroad.

The exhibitions covers a broad range of issues from the Rohingya crisis and conflicts in the Middle-East to elephant conservation in Kenya, from marathons in the Moroccan desert to the impact of climate change, and from the interplay between race and policing in the US to gender identity. This is photojournalism at its best and most thought-provoking.

The venue will be the Dupont Underground, an abandoned trolley station beneath Dupont Circle. This massive space will house 22 projectors casting 13' images of the year's most important stories, a wall of large prints of WPP prize-winning photographs and a retrospective of 61 years of Photos of the Year. There will be side-exhibitions by the International Women's Media Foundation and we will honor the work of AFP photojournalist Shah Marai, who lost his life in Afghanistan earlier this year. Partner events will be held at partner venues throughout the city.

We hope to see you at the Underground!


Dates: 27 Oct - 25 Nov (closed on Mondays and on Thanksgiving)
Times: 10:00AM - 6:00PM (doors close 7:00PM)
Venue: Dupont Underground (19 Dupont Circle, entrance on 19th Street)

  • General admission $18, discounted admission $12 (students, educators, active duty military, persons with disabilities, seniors 65+)
  • Children under 14 are free (but should be companied by an adult, given the adult themes)
  • Visitors are free to come back multiple times by leaving their name with our volunteers at the entrance
  • This year audio guides will be available with background information from the photographers who took this year's stunning images (free but first-come, first served)


This project is organized by dedicated volunteers and all proceeds go to the exhibition, venue, photographers and events
To support making the exhibtion an annual event, please consider donating. Even a small amount goes a long way! Help spread the word by following/liking/posting on FB, Twitter and Instagram.

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