First Look: Best News Photos of 2017 to Go on Display Under Dupont Circle

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Sophia Barnes
The photos will be displayed at a D.C. art space that is entirely underground called DuPont Underground. The bright red entrance on New Hampshire Ave, NW is just North of DuPont Circle - and nearly impossible to miss. The stairs once led down to a trolley station - but that was abandoned in the 1950s.
Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach
The World Press Photo Exhibit awards photojournalists who capture breaking news, sports, natural wonders, daily life and more. Here, Olympian Usain Bolt looks back on his competitors before taking home a gold medal.n

nRobert Meins, a development economist by day, was inspired to bring the exhibit to D.C. He wanted to spark conversations between Americans across the political spectrum.n

n"Left, right or center, you see the same thing in that image. Our hope is you talk with your neighbors about that image,” Meins said. And at a museum, “there’s no cat video to distract you,” he continued.
Jonathan Bachman
The image above, showing 27-year-old nurse Ieshia Evans at a protest against the death of Alton Sterling, won a first-place prize. Jonathan Bachman, who took the photo, will be visiting the gallery on Nov. 4.

nA number of photographers will speak about their work at the exhibit, including Stephanie Sinclair, Zoeann Murphy, Giovanni Capriotti and Jaime Rojo . Full details can be found on the sponsor’s website.
Santi Palacios
Record numbers of refugees fleeing violence across North Africa and the Middle East made headlines in 2016, and many photographers sought to capture their journey. Above, an 11-year-old girl from Nigeria comforts her brother after being rescued from an overcrowded dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea.n

nThe World Press Photo Contest winners are usually shown in small, often private exhibits. D.C. will do it differently, though. DuPont Underground was too large for the typical small prints, so exhibitors will project 13-feet-tall versions of the pictures on one wall. On the other, large sized versions of the photos will be printed.
Wang Tiejun
Above, possible future Olympians in Xuzou, China practice toe-pressure training.n

nOrganizers are partnering with scores of institutions around D.C. to spark conversations around the photos. Students at George Mason, American University and Catholic University will help get involvement from college campuses. The Inter-American Development bank is featuring a side exhibit about Latin America, and the American Enterprise Institute will host a talk.
Burhan Ozbilici
Ozbilici snapped this shot in Turkey after the Russian ambassador to that county was shot at an art gallery by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş. It won him the World Press Photo Competition grand prize.n

n"It was extremely hot, like I had boiled water on my head, then very cold, very cold. Extremely dangerous," Ozbilici said in an interview. "But at the same time I understood that this was big history, it was history, (a) very, very important incident."

nThe AP photographer didn’t run away, though. "I immediately decided to do my job because I could be wounded, maybe die, but at least I have to represent good journalism," he said.
Jaime Rojo
The World Press Photo Contest gives prizes in nature photography. Above, monarch butterflies after a storm in Mexico.n

nThe space Tickets to opening night cost $50, and regular tickets cost between $10 and $25. The World Press Photo Contest winners will be at DuPont Underground until Nov. 16.
Sophia Barnes
DuPont Underground opened in 2016 as a unique venue for art and culture events. The first exhibit featured a forest of plastic balls.
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