John Stanmeyer Wins World Press Photo of the Year 2013

The international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected an image by American photographer John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The picture 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. The picture also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category, and was shot for National Geographic.

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2014 World Press Photo Contest

The jury gave prizes in nine themed categories to 53 photographers of 25 nationalities from: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

The members of the jury announced the winners at a press conference held at the World Press Photo offices in Amsterdam on February 14.

Comments on the winners by the jury

Jillian Edelstein, jury member from the UK/South Africa said:
“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.”

Susan Linfield, jury member from the USA said:
“What we’re looking for in the winning image is the same quality you would look for in a great film or in literature — the impression that it exists on more than one level, that it makes you think about things you haven’t thought about. You begin to explore the layers not only of what’s there, but of what isn’t there. So many pictures of migrants show them as bedraggled and pathetic...but this photo is not so much romantic, as dignified.”

David Guttenfelder, jury member from the USA said:
“The photo is like a message in a bottle, it is one that will last for all of us. People will bring their own life experiences to it as they stand in front of it.”

The judging was conducted at the World Press Photo office in Amsterdam. All entries were presented anonymously to the jury, who discussed their merits over a two-week period. The jury operates independently and a secretary without voting rights safeguards the fairness of the procedure. The contest drew entries from professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers across the world. By the mid-January deadline, 98,671 images had been submitted by 5,754 photographers from 132 countries.

List of Prizewinners World Press Photo Contest 2014

WORLD PRESS PHOTO OF THE YEAR 2013
John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic
Signal, Djibouti City, 26 February

John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

SPOT NEWS SINGLES

[caption id="attachment_115683" align="alignleft" width="540"]Phillipe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse Phillipe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse[/caption]

1 Phillipe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse
Typhoon survivors, Tolosa, the Philippines, 18 November

2 John Tlumacki, USA, The Boston Globe
Boston Marathon bombing, 15 April

3 Taslima Akhter, Bangladesh
Victims of garment factory collapse, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 25 April

SPOT NEWS STORIES

[caption id="attachment_115684" align="alignleft" width="540"]Goran Tomasevic, Serbia, Reuters Goran Tomasevic, Serbia, Reuters[/caption]

1 Goran Tomasevic, Serbia, Reuters
Rebels attack government checkpoint, Damascus, Syria, 30 January

2 Tyler Hicks, USA, The New York Times
Massacre at Westgate mall, Nairobi, Kenya, 21 September

3 Rahul Talukder, Bangladesh, Bangladesh Sangbad 71
Collapse of Rana Plaza, Savar, Bangladesh, April

GENERAL NEWS SINGLES

[caption id="attachment_115681" align="alignleft" width="540"]Alessandro Penso, Italy, OnOff Picture Alessandro Penso, Italy, OnOff Picture[/caption]

1 Alessandro Penso, Italy, OnOff Picture
Temporary accommodation for Syrian refugees, Sofia, Bulgaria, November

2 Moises Saman, Spain, Magnum Photos
Bomb maker, Aleppo, Syria, 20 March

3 Amir Pourmand, Iran, ISNA/The Associated Press
Moments before the hanging, Iran, 20 January

GENERAL NEWS STORIES

1 Chris McGrath, Australia, Getty Images
Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines, November

William Daniels, France, Panos Pictures for Time

2 William Daniels, France, Panos Pictures for Time
Chaos in Central African Republic, December

3 Gianluca Panella, Italy
Gaza blackout, December

SPORTS ACTION SINGLES

1 Emiliano Lasalvia, Argentina, La Nación
Polo fall, Buenos Aires, Argentina,1 December

Andrzej Grygiel, Poland, for PAP-Polska Agencja Prasowa

2 Andrzej Grygiel, Poland, for PAP-Polska Agencja Prasowa
Slalom action, Szczyrk, Poland, 24 March

3 Al Bello, USA, Getty Images
Djokovic forehand forward, New York, USA, 3 September

SPORTS ACTION STORIES

1 Jia Guorong, China, China News Service
Competition on bars, Shenyang, China

2 Ezra Shaw, USA, Getty Images
The America’s Cup: from land, sea and air, San Francisco, USA

3 Quinn Rooney, Australia, Getty Images
World swimming sports

[caption id="attachment_115691" align="alignleft" width="500"]Quinn Rooney, Australia, Getty Images Quinn Rooney, Australia, Getty Images[/caption]

SPORTS FEATURE SINGLES

1 Jeff Pachoud, France, Agence France-Presse
Sledding race from above, Megève, France, 18 January

2 Anastas Tarpanov, Bulgaria
Kite skier on Vitosha mountain, Bulgaria, 13 January

3 Donald Miralle, Jr., USA, for Pacific Magazine
Free diving with sharks, Oahu, Hawaii, 17 May

SPORTS FEATURE STORIES

1 Peter Holgersson, Sweden
Nadja Casadei – heptathlon and cancer

Peter Holgersson, Sweden

2 Kunrong Chen, China, for Nanfang Daily
Daily exercise, Zhuhai, China

3 Alyssa Schukar, USA, for Omaha World Herald
A lingerie league of their own

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES SINGLES

1 John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic
Signal, Djibouti City, Djibouti, 26 February

John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

2 Maciek Nabrdalik, Poland, VII
Nicolette at the orphanage, Warsaw, Poland

3 Christopher Vanegas, Mexico, La Vanguardia / El Guardían
Victims of organized crime, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

[caption id="attachment_115686" align="alignleft" width="540"]Christopher Vanegas, Mexico, La Vanguardia / El Guardían Christopher Vanegas, Mexico, La Vanguardia / El Guardían[/caption]

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES STORIES
1 Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, USA, for Time
A portrait of domestic violence, USA

[caption id="attachment_115687" align="alignleft" width="540"]Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, USA, for Time Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, USA, for Time[/caption]

2 Robin Hammond, New Zealand, Panos Pictures
War and mental health after crisis

3 Marcus Bleasdale, UK, VII for National Geographic
Last of the Vikings, Norway

DAILY LIFE SINGLES

1 Julius Schrank, Germany, for de Volkskrant
Kachin fighters, Burma

Julius Schrank, Germany, De Volkskrant

2 Andrea Bruce, USA, Noor
Soldier's funeral, Latakia, Syria

3 Julie McGuire, UK, for International New York Times
Street dogs, Penang, Malaysia

DAILY LIFE STORIES

1 Fred Ramos, El Salvador, El Faro
The last outfit of the missing, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

Fred Ramos, El Salvador, El Faro

2 Tanya Habjouqa, Jordan
Occupied pleasures, West Bank, Gaza and East Jeruzalem

3 Elena Chernyshova, Russia for National Geographic Russia
Days of night - nights of day, Norilsk, Russia

Honorable mention

Jana Asenbrennerova, Czech Republic
Living unnoticed - gay community in the Democratic Republic of Congo

PEOPLE – OBSERVED PORTRAITS SINGLES

1 Markus Schreiber, Germany, The Associated Press
Farewell Mandela, Pretoria, South Africa

[caption id="attachment_115693" align="alignleft" width="540"]Markus Schreiber, Germany, The Associated Press Markus Schreiber, Germany, The Associated Press[/caption]

2 Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, INSTITUTE
Dasan (10), Spirit Lake Reservation, North Dakota, USA

3 Pau Barrena, Spain
A traditional Berber bride, Morocco

PEOPLE – OBSERVED PORTRAITS STORIES

1 Carla Kogelman, the Netherlands
Ich bin Waldviertel

Carla Kogelman, the Netherlands

2 Peter van Agtmael, USA, Magnum Photos
Healing Bobby

3 Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, INSTITUTE for National Geographic magazine
Transylvania: built on grass

PEOPLE – STAGED PORTRAITS SINGLES

1 Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images
Blind albino boys, West Bengal, India

Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images

2 Abbie Trayler-Smith, UK
Shannon poses before surgery, Sheffield, United Kingdom

3 Nadav Kander, UK, for The New York Times Magazine / New York magazine / Time magazine
Chiwetel Ejiofor

PEOPLE – STAGED PORTRAITS STORIES

1 Danila Tkachenko, Russia
Escape, Russia and Ukraine

2 Denis Dailleux, France, Agence Vu
Mother and son, Egypt

Denis Dailleux, France, Agence Vu

3 Nikita Shokhov, Russia, Salt Images
Utrish, Russia

NATURE SINGLES

1 Bruno D'Amicis, Italy
Fennec fox, a species in danger, Kebili Region, Tunisia

2 Markus Varesvuo, Finland
A flock of guillemots, Vardo, Norway

3 Shangzhen Fan, China, for Shangtuf Image and Art Club
Coyotes walking in the desert, Xinjiang, China

NATURE STORIES

1 Steve Winter, USA, for National Geographic
Cougars

Steve Winter, USA, for National Geographic

2 Kacper Kowalski, Poland, Panos Pictures
Toxic beauty, Poland

3 Christian Ziegler, Germany, for National Geographic Magazine
Bonobos – our unknown cousins, Congo

Christian Ziegler, Germany, for National Geographic Magazine

Source: World Press Photo

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