© 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 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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