American photographer John Stanmeyer won the World Press Photo 2013, announced the World Press Photo foundation during a press conference in Amsterdam on Friday.
Stanmeyer, of the VII Photo Agency, produced a picture showing African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia. Stanmeyer received a cash prize of 10,000 euros (about $13,600).
Over the last decade, 49-year-old Stanmeyer has worked nearly exclusively for National Geographic. His winning photo was also shot for the magazine.
An international jury selected the winners of the 57th World Press Photo contest.
The jury gave prizes in nine categories to 53 photographers. By the mid-January deadline, 98,671 images had been submitted by 5,754 photographers from 132 countries and regions. Stanmeyer’s picture also won the 1st prize in the Contemporary Issues category.
Phillipe Lopez, a French photographer working for Agence France-Presse, won the 1st Prize Spot News Single category of the 2014 World Press Photo contest with this picture of survivors of typhoon Haiyan marching during a religious procession in Tolosa, Philippines, taken November 18, 2013.
Alessandro Penso, an Italian photographer working for OnOff Picture, won the 1st Prize in the General News Single category of the 2014 World Press Photo Contest with this picture of temporary accommodation for Syrian refugees in Sofia taken November 21, 2013.
Markus Schreiber, a German photographer working for The Associated Press won the 1st Prize People – Observed Portraits Single category of the 2014 World Press Photo contest with this picture of a woman reacting in disappointment after access to see former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was closed on the third and final day of his casket lying in state, outside Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, taken December 13, 2013.
Carla Kogelman, a Dutch freelance photographer won the 1st Prize People – Observed Portraits Stories category of the 2014 World Press Photo contest with her series of pictures which includes this one of Hannah and Alena, two sisters living in the rural village of Merkenbrechts, Austria, taken July 19, 2012.
Goran Tomasevic, a Serbian photographer working for Reuters, won the 1st Prize Spot News Stories category of the 2014 World Press Photo contest with his series of pictures which includes this one of Syrian rebel fighters taking cover amid flying debris and shrapnel after being hit by a tank shell in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus, taken January 13, 2013.
Brent Stirton, a South African photographer working for Reportage by Getty Images won the 1st Prize People – Staged Portraits Single category of the 2014 World Press Photo contest with this picture of a group of blind albino boys in their boarding room at the Vivekananda mission school for the blind in West Bengal, taken September 25, 2013.
Peter Holgersson, a Swedish freelance photographer won 1st Prize Sports Feature Stories category of the 2014 World Press Photo contest with his series of pictures which includes this one of Nadja Casadei, an heptathlon athlete diagnosed with cancer, before her last treatment in Lidingo, Sweden, taken December 19, 2013