Canon Middle East, leader in imaging solutions, offers congratulations to John Stanmeyer, winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. 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, and was shot for National Geographic.
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.
“We’re very proud to support photojournalists from across the world, and reward their talents in taking arresting images and bringing them to an international audience,” commented Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Canon Middle East. “John Stanmeyer’s beautiful winning photograph shows the importance of the power of image by shining a light on a contemporary global issue with great artistry and skill,” he added.
Stanmeyer took his winning image on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with an EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens. The image was shot at an aperture f/1.4 and 1/40th second exposure and ISO 10,000.
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