John Stanmeyer wins World Press Photo of the Year
|World Press Photo of the Year by John Stanmeyer|
American photographer John Stanmeyer's image of migrants on the shore of Djibouti city raising their cell phones attempting to capture a signal from neighboring Somalia was named World Press Photo of the Year. The picture also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues category. Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency was on assignment for National Geographic when he shot the photograph.
"It's a photo that is connected to so many other stories—it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity. It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image. It is so subtly done, so poetic, yet instilled with meaning, conveying issues of great gravity and concern in the world today," said Jillian Edelstein, one of the contest judges.
Winners in each category receive a cash prize of €1,500 (~$2053). The World Press Photo of the Year winner carries a cash prize of €10,000 (~$13,686). All prize-winning pictures will be featured in an exhibition that travels to more than 100 cities in over 45 countries. It opens in Amsterdam on April 18.
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