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“Shining a Light” Exhibit Returns to Muhammad Ali Center

2016’s Photographs Feature The Right to Education

Exhibit opens March 8, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (February 23, 2016) — The Muhammad Ali Center’s third annual international photography contest and exhibition, Shining a Light, returns next month. This year’s exhibition, inspired by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, showcases individuals and organizations working toward the “Right to Education” for all children worldwide.

Submissions for the contest were asked to depict individuals or organizations engaging in one or more of the following:

  1. Improving the quality and availability of girls’ education
  2. Removing barriers to learning
  3. Empowering girls through education to realize their full potential
  4. Reducing/eliminating school-related gender-based violence
  5. Illustrating an increased number of girls transitioning to secondary education and accessing post-primary opportunities

Shining a Light, which will feature 40 photos, will be on display at the Ali Center from March 8 to June 30, 2016. The cost of the exhibit is included in regular admission pricing.

The Center received 333 entries from 16 countries.

Top entries include: “Schools Reached by Danger”, by Bambang Wirawan, Indonesia; “Sushmita”, by Patrick Mouzawak, United States; “Yasmine”, by Haitham Al Farsi, Oman.


The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit