Canon and World Press Photo

Canon has been corporate partner of World Press Photo since 1992. The annual World Press Photo of the Year competition is recognised as the world’s most prestigious contest for photojournalists and offers a rare and iconic snapshot of global issues and life around the world.

© John Stanmeyer, VII, National Geographic

2013 Winning image
The 2013 winning image by John Stanmeyer of the VII Photo Agency 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.

Alongside the award, John will also receive €10,000 and a Canon EOS DSLR body and lens kit. The first prize winners in each category will receive a cash prize of €1,500. First, second and third prizes in all categories will also receive yearbooks featuring personalised covers that are printed on our Large Format Printers.

Canon Ambassadors
Canon Ambassador, Brent Stirton, was the winner in the People – Staged Portraits Singles category. Stirton’s winning image shows a group of blind albino boys in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, India. Also, Markus Varesvuo, a Canon Explorer, won second prize in the Nature Singles category for his shot of a flock of guillemots taken in Vardo, Norway.

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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.

About the World Press Photo of the Year competition
Now in its 57th year, the World Press Photo contest is universally acknowledged as the world’s premier competition for photojournalism. Its accolades are coveted by photographers across the world. This year, 5,754 professional photographers representing 132 nationalities submitted 98,671 images.

Our advanced Digital SLR camera range and EF Lenses have been the product of choice for many photojournalists for a number of years.

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