John Stanmeyer of VII photo agency has won the World Press Photo Photo of the Year (Contemporary Issues, 1st prize singles) for this photograph taken on February 26th, 2013, for National Geographic. The picture, titled "Signal," shows "African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East." Here is his website if you'd like to see more of his work.
Congratulations to John!
(Thanks to Steve Rosenblum)
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Stan B.: "One subtle but oh so dramatic composition without the direct aid of war, blood, or catastrophe that still addresses the current world situation, both directly (immigration) and at large (technology). Stunning in its simplicity, relevance and beauty."
Dennis Ng: "It is very other-worldly. They looked like ETs calling home when I first saw it. Then the explanation...great photo. Just great!"