Phantasmagoric shot of African migrants searching for cellphone signal wins Award

This week, the World Press Photo has awarded its famous Photo of the Year award to an American photographer John Stanmeyer for his phantamogoric image of African migrants in Djibouti who were searching for cell signals from neighboring Somalia. In the bright moon lights up the subjects trying to establish wireless contact with relatives abroad. The photo was among the nearly 100,000 photos submitted by one of the 5,754 photographers for this year’s contest. According to a World Press Photo jury member and photographer Jillian Edelstein.

“It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories, It opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity.”

Photographer Stanmeyer is no alien to success as his photos have graced the cover of Time magazine at least  12 times. He won a cash prize of €10,000 and a professional DSLR camera and lens kit from Canon. You cn view the gallery of award-winning photos at World Press Photo.


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