Favorite photos of 2023

As the editors of this site, we both take and publish a lot of photos each year – so it is a challenge for each of us to select just five photos as our favorite ones taken in 2023.

Miki Jourdan

The District has always been a great place to see and participate in great events  — many of them for free. This changed at the height of the pandemic, when so many festivals and performances were cancelled. Now that the festival schedule is once again full, I appreciate all of the culture in the District even more. Here are some of my favorite events from 2023:

The Pride Parade

©Miki Jourdan

Little Amal Visiting Union Station

©Miki Jourdan

The H Street Festival

©Miki Jourdan

The High Heel Race

©Miki Jourdan

Art All Night

©Miki Jourdan

Rob Klug

The five photos which I selected all highlight my varied interests in photography and my life in Washington DC. Whenever I can, I get on my scooter and ride around DC looking for a photo or something which strikes my fancy. Luckily Washington is a city in which one can find an egret in an absolutely serene setting and just up the street a loud and dramatic political demonstration. The opportunities for a photographer are endless.

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©Rob Klug

Angela N.

Part of the National Mall’s Beyond Granite exhibit, Wendy Red Star’s “The Soil You See” had the names of Apsáalooke (Crow) nation chiefs who signed treaties with the U.S. government. It stood pointedly on Signers’ Island, the memorial to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

©Angela N.

The National Gallery of Art and the sun, filtered through Canadian wildfire smoke.

©Angela N.

Revolutionary War day at Mount Vernon. I asked these Continental Army kids why they weren’t in school. They said they were too busy fighting for freedom!

©Angela N.

It’s not every day you see a dinosaur at the White House!

White House Easter egg roll. ©Angela N.

These elephants just made me laugh.

©Angela N.

Victoria Pickering

I like to photograph almost everything, but the photos that captivate me the most are the opportunities to see newsworthy people making a difference (either positive or negative).


Bernie Sanders in front of the Supreme Court, arguing for the cancellation of student loan debt:

©Victoria Pickering

Martin Luther King III, speaking at the MLK Memorial on MLK Day:

©Victoria Pickering

Peter Navarro, arriving at court in his trial for contempt of Congress for defying the subpoena of the Jan. 6th committee:

©Victoria Pickering

Rudy Giuliani, arriving at court in the trial for damages for his defamation of poll workers:

©Victoria Pickering

Kerry James Marshall, at the unveiling of his new windows at the National Cathedral, replacing windows that celebrated Confederate generals.

©Victoria Pickering

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6 Comments

  1. The photographs show that DC scenes are not just full of political ones but also plenty of beautiful nature and fun loving moments. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. All through the year you show beautiful, fascinating, fun and unusual photos of such endless variety featuring nature, people, monuments, and celebrations of all seasons. It really is reflective of a very “Uncommon District”

  3. What a fabulous showcase of work by a very talented group of photographers! I’m sure each one of you could have shown dozens more of equal quality. Thanks for sharing, and all the best for 2024!

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