A group of local organizations is partnering with the World Press Photo Foundation to bring the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 to Washington, D.C. in November.

The exhibition represents the best visual journalism of the past year and has been seen by 4 million people in 100 cities throughout the world. It will be held in Washington, D.C. from November 3-26 at the Dupont Underground, with partner events held throughout the city.

The World Press Photo exhibition is the culmination of an annual photo contest, drawing submissions from photographers in 126 countries who collectively submitted more than 80,000 images. The jury awarded prizes in eight categories covering topics from spot news and contemporary issues to people, nature and sports.

The exhibition is the first event in a new strategy to develop World Press Photo’s presence in the United States. The exhibition will be part of a wider program with a unique approach, working with leading organizations to discuss the issues depicted in the winning photographs.

The aim is to stimulate interest in, knowledge of, and discussion about our community, the country and the world.

“Photographs speak directly to the heart,” said Robert W. Meins organizer of the D.C. Exhibition. “They transcend our personal view of the world and leave us wanting to learn more. The World Press Photo Exhibition brings together people from all walks of life to explore the issues, people and stories behind the photographs.”

“The Netherlands Embassy is proud to help bring the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 to Washington, D.C. World Press Photo, founded in the Netherlands, emphasizes that freedom of the press is a cornerstone for democratic society. The exhibition uses photography to bridge gaps and bring us closer together,” said Henne Schuwer, Netherlands Ambassador to the United States. “It expands our global view and spurs us to act to make the world a better place.”

The program is being organized by the newly formed Lightscape Foundation with the support of the World Press Photo Foundation, the DC Rotary Club, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, National Geographic, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the White House News Photographers Association and FotoWeekDC.

Members of the press should email exhibition coordinator Robert W. Meins or call 202-386-1298.