© John Stanmeyer / VII / National Geographic
The World Press Photo of the Year 2013 winner has been announced.
John Stanmeyer took the winning image for National Geographic on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III
with an EF 35mm f/1.4 lens.
His winning image shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighbouring Somalia – a tenuous link to relatives abroad. It also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues Singles category.
The World Press Photo Contest, universally acknowledged as the world’s most prestigious competition for photojournalists, has been sponsored by Canon since 1992. Now in its 57th year, the competition saw 5,754 professional photographers from 132 countries submit 98,671 images. The jury awarded prizes in nine themed categories to 53 photographers of 25 nationalities, with one image being selected as World Press Photo of the Year 2013.
As winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2013, Stanmeyer will receive a cash prize of €10,000 from World Press Photo at an awards ceremony in Amsterdam. In addition, Canon Europe will provide him with a professional DSLR camera and lens kit.
The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting more than 100 cities in over 45 countries. The first 2014 World Press Photo exhibition opens in Amsterdam on 18 April 2014. This year's exhibition displays will be printed on Arizona flatbed printers by Océ, which is part of the Canon Group.
To find out more, visit the World Press Photo website