Pictures of the Year at the Newseum

On April 22, the Newseum will open “Pictures of the Year,” a new exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2010.

The display features nearly 70 of the year’s best news images from Pictures of the Year International, a photojournalism contest.

The exhibit spotlights gripping photos of flood-ravaged Pakistan, earthquake-torn Haiti, the Gulf Coast oil spill and troops on the front lines of the war in Afghanistan.

Triumph and beauty are captured in images depicting athletes competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics, tigers prowling the jungles of India and penguins frolicking on Antarctic ice. Even Lady Gaga makes an appearance — her first in a Washington museum.

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The competition’s top awards honor the Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Freelance/Agency Photographer of the Year, as well as photographs that contribute to community awareness, global vision and world understanding.

The exhibit includes QR codes that link to first-person accounts from the top award-winning photographers about their images.

“Pictures are an important part of the Newseum experience,” said Charles L. Overby, chairman and chief executive officer of the Newseum. “The ‘Pictures of the Year’ exhibit will be an exciting addition to the Newseum.”

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On Saturday, April 30, some of the top photographers from the competition will take part in Photo Day at the Newseum, offering professional advice to visitors and revealing the stories behind their photographs.

Families can explore the museum’s seven levels in a photo scavenger hunt, take a close-up look at historic cameras from the Newseum’s collection and attend a special “Inside Media” program featuring the award-winning photographers.

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The exhibit was created in cooperation with Pictures of the Year International, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Now in its 68th year, the international competition pays tribute to working photojournalists worldwide.

Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of the 2011 Pictures of the Year exhibit at the Newseum.

“Nikon has a great heritage of providing photojournalists with the tools to support their telling stories through compelling images and video,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing for Nikon Inc.

“Nikon is excited to partner with the Newseum to sponsor the ‘Pictures of the Year’ exhibit and celebrate the exceptional news images from 2010 and the photographers that took them.”

The exhibit will be on display at the Newseum through Oct. 31, 2011.

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits, it says.

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In the picture above: A young male tiger emerges from the grass in Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. The park has the highest density of tigers in India. Courtesy: Newseum

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Rakesh Raman