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World Press Photo 2014

ON342 - ABR/2014

The US photographer John Stanmeyer was the absolute winner of the 57th edition of the prestigious international World Press Photo competition, for which this year 98,690 photographs have been entered, by 5,704 photographers from 132 countries worldwide.

The image, taken for National Geographic, shows a nocturnal scene of a group of African immigrants trying to capture a signal from neighbouring Somalia on their mobile telephones from the border of the city of Djibouti, a common stop-off point for migrants fleeing countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea in search of a better life in Europe and the Middle East. The jury, chaired by the Briton Gary Knight, founder of the VII Photo Agency, highlighted of the photo, which has also won 1st Prize in the Contemporary Issues category, “the way in which it opens up discussions about technology, globalisation, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity, conveying issues of great gravity and concern in the world today’. Stanmayer, who is greatly involved in Asia, a continent on which he lived for more than 12 years, has also portrayed moments of vital importance such as the civil war in Uganda, the 2004 tsunami, the Sudan conflict or social change in eastern Europe, among others. In addition, 53 photographers from 25 different nationalities have been recognised in the 9 categories, and a special mention has been awarded to the series of six images taken by Tim Holmes, where he shows how his wife Tammy and their five grandchildren take shelter under a pier during the forest fires caused by the extreme temperatures that destroyed up to 90 houses in the city of Dunalley, Australia. This is a recognition of non-professional photography and how it is playing an increasingly important role in disseminating current affairs from around the globe.

The prize-winning photographs will be displayed in an exhibition due to open its doors in Amsterdam on 18 April 2014 and which will then travel to more than 100 cities in 45 different countries.


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