John Stanmeyer Wins World Press Photo Award

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John Stanmeyer / VII for National GeographicJohn Stanmeyer / VII for National Geographic

Congratulations to John Stanmeyer, with VII Photo Agency, the winner of the 2013 World Press Photo Award for his photograph, taken for National Geographic, of a group of African migrant workers in Djibuti trying to get a cell phone signal from nearby Somalia to reach family abroad. Djibuti is a common stop-off point for migrants from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. Jillian Edelstein, a juror from the UK/South Africa, commented:“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.”