WPOW Women Photojournalists of Washington

The HUB-Robeson Galleries are proud to present the 2019 Juried Exhibition: Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) 13th Annual Juried Show.

This exhibition features standout photography and multimedia pieces by members of WPOW from the past year. The show comes to Penn State from the Hillyer Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. in collaboration with the Bellisario College of Communications.
  • Works were selected by
  • Rachael Strecher, Director of Storytelling Grants and Fellowships at the National Geographic Society;
  • Jehan Jillani, Picture & Visuals Editor at the Guardian US;
  • Melina Mara, National Political Staff Photojournalist at The Washington Post

Father Trump | Thomas Musolino wears a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump while holding his daughter Gianna Musolino, 10, during a Trump campaign rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S., August 2, 2018.

Leah Millis | Best in Show

September 2018 | A protester against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is arrested and escorted out of the hallway of the Dirksen Senate Building in Washington DC on September 28, 2018.

Anna Moneymaker

Taking Flight | Maia Fenstermacher playing dress-up and exploring her neighborhood in Lyons, PA, May 6, 2019.

Abby Greenawalt

Untitled | Sylvian Musau, 21, puts down her daughter Chelsea Danela, 9 months, in their apartment in Mombasa, Kenya. On the eve of her 20th birthday, Sylvian had unprotected sex and became pregnant with Chelsea. Having no one to turn to during the pregnancy led her to become an outspoken safe sex advocate. She is part of a young mothers club and has been named Miss Youth to Youth, speaking to youth groups about family planning options.

Allison Shelley

Untitled | Rosemanie "Rosie" Prospere, 35, left, manicures the nails of her assistant Dieuny Delizin, 19, at her beauty salon in the self-developed settlement of Canaan, Haiti. Prospere came to the area in 2015 with a dream of opening a salon of her own and built the studio with help from her family. Now she dreams of opening a chain of beauty salons all across the region-- all pink of course: "When you have a business, you have to make it stand out."

Allison Shelley

Ryden | Ryden Kuhnhenn plays on a trampoline in the backyard of his aunt and uncle's Blue Heaven Ranch on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. This ranch works with the conservation organization American Prairie Reserve in a program that gives financial incentives to ranchers who make their lands increasingly hospitable to wildlife.

Amy Toensing | Best in Show

Odyssey of Hope | Jonatan Matamoros, 36 and his wife Sara Artiaga, 31 with their infant son Jose Miguel Artiaga, 18 months old, from Honduras hitch a ride November 20, 2018 with others from the migrant caravan that had stopped to rest in Mexicali, Mexico. They endured the bitter cold wind as they drove through La Rumorosa mountain road to a shelter in Tijuana where they will wait with hope of crossing the border to America seeking asylum.

Carol Guzy

Survivors | Women lift their hands in protest of the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on the day of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2018.

Calla Kessler

Taking Sanctuary | Sujitno, 70, stands by his bedroom window in a church near New Haven, Connecticut, where he took sanctuary for 18 months after spending 71 days in a detention center. Born in Indonesia, Sujitno came to the U.S. as a Fulbright and USAID scholar in the 1980s, but through a string of bad luck faced deportation -- decades later -- to a country he no longer knew. He was finally able to return to his home in Connecticut in May 2019, without further threat of deportation.

Caroline Gutman

Millennial meets traditional | In Lisbon, Portugal an older woman walks out of her apartment to find Josefin Rocén, a dancer from Sweden, in the midst of a photoshoot. Shouting in Portuguese, the older woman encourages Josefin to lift her leg higher with a smile beaming across her face on a warm summer evening.

Deveney Williams

Untitled | Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and her family (from left) Isra, Adnan, Ahmed and Ilwad laugh looking at a photo on a cell phone during a family dinner at Perkins in Minneapolis, MN on January 21, 2019.

Erin Schaff

Killed DC Jogger’s Friend at Memorial | A friend of Wendy Martinez cries in front of a makeshift memorial outside the restaurant where Martinez sought help after being fatally stabbed while jogging in Northwest Washington D.C., September 19, 2018.

Erin Scott

Champions | Children pile on top of each other after a group photo on the turf of an arena in Hyattsville, MD during a soccer camp for refugee children on July 6, 2018. Most of the children enrolled in the soccer program were born in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo but are now being raised in an apartment complex in Riverdale, MD -just outside Washington DC. Many of their parents have trouble finding employment and struggle to make ends meet while living as refugees in one of the most expensive metropolitan areas in the United States.

Erica T Baker

The Stories We Can’t Tell | From the darkness of a makeshift shelter, a Rohingya matriarch of three generations shares her family's story of escaping the ethnic cleansing in their home country of Myanmar in August 2017. Her identity and story details are not revealed for safety and privacy. Sometimes the heaviest stories to carry are the ones you've been given to hold, not to tell. They're not yours to share, just to carry. You're not asked to be a story teller in that moment, just a story bearer — sitting in the pain you can never fully feel, feeling the weight you can never fully bear — until one day, perhaps, you are freed to release them to the world. | Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh | May 11, 2019

Hailey Sadler

Family Dinner | Allison Whaley cooks spaghetti while her husband Jason coaxes their son Nixon to eat dinner at their home in Jeffersonville, Kentucky. Allison is a mother of seven and a high school teacher with three masters degrees. In 2017 she spent weeks in the hospital with Nixon where he nearly died from an initially mis-diagnosed ruptured appendix. He often refuses to eat for fear he'll throw up again.

Hadley Chittum

Leap | Ava Summers, 6, plays in an unplanted garden at home April 10, 2019 in Navajo Nation, Tselani Cottonwood, AZ. She lives with her grandmother on a dirt road, like most in Navajo Nation, where more than 27,000 miles of roads remain unpaved.

Katherine Frey

Home Birth | Cham Junglas is working through her labor pains by walking around her home in Grand Rapids, MI on August 12, 2018. Cham and her husband, Ryan, have decided on a home birth for their second child, Theodore.

Rosem Morton

Inga at Home | Inga Sara is playing with her cellphone while waiting for her family to get ready. The Sara family are Samis getting ready for the reindeer ear marking ceremony.

Rosem Morton

Senate Swear-in | A woman attempts to hand a cue-card to Vice President Mike Pence during the ceremonial swear-in of Senators into the 116th Congress in the Old Senate Chambers of the U.S. Capitol Thursday January 3, 2019. The senator, their spouse, and the Vice President stand on the spaces marked with white tape and mimic the swearing in that happens in the Senate chamber where cameras are not allowed.

Sarah Silbiger

American Flag Lynching | A man holds an American flag by a noose, mimicking a Jim Crow-era style lynching, on a tree in Lafayette Park as the Unite the Right II rally is held in front of the White House on Sunday August 12, 2018. The rally drew approximately 20 white supremacists and thousands of counter-protesters.

Sarah Silbiger

Fierce Competition | Mary Bauer with Smoothie Bee at the Mad Catters CFA show in Frederick, MD Apr. 20, 2019

Sarah Baker

Petals | Tourists capture the delicate pink petals of the Yoshina Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.

Sarah Baker

Nightpumping | The process, apparatus and round the clock needs of breastfeeding.

Sanwaree Sethi Robinson

Bad Birds

Reshma Kirpalani | Most Austinites dislike grackles - loud, intrusive birds that crowd grocery stores, steal food and lay waste all over parking lots. But artists in the community point out that these "bad birds" are not so different from the rest of us and in fact, deserve to be celebrated. This is a story about complex creatures - including ourselves.

Let Them Have Water

Laura Saunders | Best in Show | Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. Along the U.S. border with Mexico, humanitarian aid workers leave water in the desert for immigrants trying to cross, and search for the remains of those who don't make it. The U.S. government is now prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

Paradise Valley

Nasreen Alkhateeb | Olive trees can grow and provide fruit for thousands of years. But their longevity relies on the famers who take care of them. Canaan Fair Trade is a collective of 2000 farming families who nurture this delicate relationship with the trees and the soil.

Women Photojournalists of Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the work and accomplishments of women in the field of visual journalism. WPOW fosters the professional success of female photographers, photo editors, multimedia producers and students by providing regular opportunities for members to gather, educate and inspire. Generous support for this exhibition was provided by Sony and Framebridge.


The featured photographers include Amy Toensing , Anna Moneymaker, Abby Greenawalt, Allison Shelley, Carol Guzy, Calla Kessler, Caroline Gutman, Deveney Williams, Erin Schaff, Erin Scott, Erica T. Baker, Hailey Sadler, Hadley Chittum, Katherine Frey, Laura Saunders, Leah Millis, Nasreen Alkhateeb, Reshma Kirpalani, Rosem Morton, Sarah Silbiger, Sarah Baker, Sanwaree Sethi Robinson and Whitney Shefte.