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Moonlit migrant image wins 2013 World Press Photo award

APTOPIX Netherlands World Press Photo

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- American photographer John Stanmeyer won the World Press Photo of the Year award for 2013 on Friday with a moonlit shot of African migrants in Djibouti holding their cellphones to the sky, seeking a better reception signal.

The 19-person jury chose 53 winning photographers in 18 categories out of nearly 100,000 submissions from around the globe for one of photojournalism's most prestigious awards.

The Associated Press won two awards, including first place in single-shot "Observed Portraits" for Markus Schreiber's picture of a disappointed woman in Pretoria, South Africa who had just learned she would not be able to view Nelson Mandela's casket.

Stanmeyer, of the VII photo agency, was working for National Geographic. The photo has a mysterious, eerie quality as the phones held by the men in the picture glow the same color as the moon. The signal from neighboring Somalia is cheaper, and they are hoping to send and receive messages from relatives abroad.

Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, is a common stopping point for migrants attempting to reach Europe or the Middle East.

One jury member, Jillian Edelstein, said the photo raised issues of "technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, (and) humanity." Another, Susan Linfield, said it stood out for its humantic portrayal of migrants. "So many pictures of migrants show them as bedraggled and pathetic.but this photo is not so much romantic, as dignified," she said.

Among other standouts were a series by photographer Goran Tomasevic of Reuters of a rebel attack on a government checkpoint in Damascus, Syria on Jan. 30 that won first place in the "Spot News Stories" category. One black-and-white image captures the instant after a shell has landed and a fleeing man is engulfed by dust and rubble.

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Jim February 15 2014 at 1:45 AM

Agree with Peach

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Peach February 15 2014 at 1:43 AM

I wish AOL would have included all (or at least most) of the pictures nominated. That way we could have seen what we would have voted for.

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flour_j February 15 2014 at 4:16 AM

AOL should've included a link back to the World Press Photo site, where you can see all the images in an online gallery: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2014

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Sonny February 15 2014 at 1:43 AM

Like

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misujuice February 15 2014 at 1:19 AM

Why is it always about Blacks, illegal Mexicans, and Freak Gay Folks. Why cant us as a Nation go back to what works and what built this amazing country. It certainly wasn't the MEDIA riding the Black or Mexican coat tail for ratings, and it certainly had nothing to do with the LGBT FREAKS. Its seems to me that this country was built on the foundation of ONE NATIONUNDER GOD; FREEDOM and OPPORTUNITY.............. NOT EQUALITY!!!

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LEIGH February 15 2014 at 1:08 AM

Pitiful.

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lakers84 February 15 2014 at 12:58 AM

CAPTION should say...."hey everybody..check out the pic of kim kardashian's BIG booty i just sent to you guys!!! ...that kanye west is one lucky african -american!! "

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bigred8690 February 15 2014 at 1:08 AM

That's funny, but they actually don't consider African-Americans to be African at all. They come to America and the first they ask is why are these people stealing from us.

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antwoinnecooley February 15 2014 at 3:55 AM

I might be misunderstanding your post. Nevertheless the first africans did not ask to come to America. As far as stealing is concerned, this country was built on the back of africans. Believe me the trip over was not a Carnival cruise.

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mehundrew5 February 15 2014 at 12:48 AM

wow! this is the picture that won.

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tazboy097 February 15 2014 at 12:44 AM

Great photo...however, it looks like what we go through to get reception in my house!!

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Ruben February 15 2014 at 12:28 AM

I only found the one picture of Aferican migrants holding their cellphones to the sky...
where are the other winning pictures?

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flour_j February 15 2014 at 4:17 AM

All the award winning pictures are here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2014

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Brian February 15 2014 at 12:11 AM

really?

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