Focus on the Story 2019

Talks • Workshops • Portfolio Reviews • Exhibits • Contests • Photo Walks

Join us May 29 – June 2 in the nation’s capital as we celebrate the art of photography and the stories behind the images.

Visual Storytellers Who are Making a Difference

Andrea Bruce on assignment in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

Photo by Jonathan Levinson

Andrea Bruce

Andrea is a renowned conflict photographer; winner of the Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, and named four time Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association.


Lucian Perkins

Lucian, a documentary photographer and filmmaker, has won honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes, for everything from covering wars abroad to documenting the effects of poverty in the District.

Ruddy Roye

Ruddy’s photojournalism appears in many major publications but he might be best known for the work he shares on Instagram, which is aimed at starting conversations on race and inequality.


Sharon Farmer

Sharon was the first African-American woman to be hired as an official White House photographer, as well as the first African American and first woman to serve as Chief White House Photographer.

Kathy Vargas

Kathy Vargas is an internationally celebrated Chicana photographer and artist known for her composite hand-colored photographs that abstract loss and hope, life and death, and social justice.

Featured Speakers

Stretch your horizons. Learn something. Spark your creativity. Get inspired.

© Leah Millis, Thomson-Reuters

Bearing Witness: Women Photojournalists Document Migrant Crisis

In a featured panel sponsored by the Women Photojournalists of Washington, four award-winning photojournalists will show images and talk about documenting the hardships and dangers that Central American migrants face in an attempt to gain asylum in the U.S. The panel includes documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Guzy, Thomson Reuters Senior Photographer Leah Millis and Washington Post photojournalist Carolyn Van Houten, who recently won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for her coverage of the migrant caravan.

Portfolio Reviews

Workshops & Photo Walks

Speakers & Panels



Interested in sponsoring this year’s festival or partnering with us? Contact Joe Newman at joe@focusonthestory.org