Washington, UNITED STATES
Pictures of the Year: A picture and its story
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2018. Reuters photographer Leah Millis: "This was one of my very first stakeouts after I joined Reuters as a staff photographer in Washington, D.C. After an earlier assignment at the Supreme Court on Feb. 27, I was asked to join colleague Kevin Lamarque at the Capitol, where White House Communications Director Hope Hicks had been testifying to the House Intelligence Committee. After about seven hours of waiting, Hicks suddenly appeared at the end of the hallway. I grabbed my backpack and broke into a sprint towards the northern exit with a videographer and no other photographers. We then backpedalled with Hicks for the long walk up the stairs that lead to First Street from the Capitol. I noticed the lit-up Capitol building behind her as we climbed the stairs and had the presence of mind to get it in the background of the photograph. When we reached the top of the steps, Hicks and her team hailed a taxi, got in and they were off. Seven hours of waiting had culminated in a few minutes-long feverish dash and climb up the stairs. Hicks and myself were the only women at the scene. One of the videographers made a comment about her looks as we were walking, and I felt the need to show that she held her own, never stumbled or looked like a victim in that situation. Moments like these transcend barriers. I'm a photojournalist and she was my subject in that situation. But, in that moment, I could relate to her from one woman to another." REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "POY STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.