VII is honored to announce that John Stanmeyer, a founding member of the agency, has been awarded the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The winning photo, announced in Amsterdam on February 14, 2014, depicts African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia.

The image — chosen from among more than 98,000 photos by an international jury of 19 professionals — was also awarded first prize in the category Contemporary Issues in this year’s contest. It was shot for National Geographic in February 2013 and published in December 2013 as part of the feature story “Out of Eden.” Click here to read more on National Geographic’s website.

“This image represents me, you, all of us, trying to reconnect back home to our loved amidst this perpetual movement of global migration we are facing. In this case, it’s connected to poverty and migrants’ need for opportunity and hope,” said Stanmeyer.

Two other VII photographers — Marcus Bleasdale and Maciek Nabrdalik — were also awarded World Press Photo prizes in this year’s contest. Marcus won 3rd Prize, Stories, Contemporary Issues for his whaling series ‘Last of the Vikings.’ Maciek won 2nd Prize, Singles, Contemporary Issues for a single image titled ‘Nicolette at the Orphanage.’ Their winning images can be seen below.

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