The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s U.S. Exchange Alumni Citizen Diplomacy Challenge! American alumni representing more than 40 U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs shared their best photos that illustrate the benefits of international exchanges and inspire other Americans to go abroad. From the more than 200 incredible photos taken in nearly 70 countries around the world, these twenty winning photographs will be printed and displayed at a first-of-its-kind exhibit at the United States Diplomacy Center.

Ian Knight received the grand prize for his photo "Unity", which features him at prayer in a mosque in rural Thailand during his youth exchange program in 2016. Ian will visit Washington, D.C. in May, where he will be honored at an awards presentation at the U.S. Department of State. Read more about Ian and his exchange experience here.

Citizen Diplomacy Challenge Winners 2017