Canon congratulates winner of World Press Photo of the Year

LONDON, 14 February 2014 – Canon Europe, world-leader in imaging solutions, today offers congratulations to John Stanmeyer, winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. His winning image shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighbouring Somalia – a tenuous link to relatives abroad. It also won first prize in the Contemporary Issues Singles category, and was shot for National Geographic.

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Credit: John Stanmeyer / VII / National Geographic

The World Press Photo Contest, universally acknowledged as the world’s most prestigious competition for photojournalists, has been sponsored by Canon since 1992. Now in its 57th year, the competition saw 5,754 professional photographers from 132 countries submit 98,671 images. The jury awarded prizes in nine themed categories to 53 photographers of 25 nationalities, with one image being selected as World Press Photo of the Year 2013.

“We’re very proud to support photojournalists from across the world, and reward their talents in taking arresting images and bringing them to an international audience,” comments Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “John Stanmeyer’s beautiful winning photograph shows the importance of the power of image by shining a light on a contemporary global issue with great artistry and skill.”

Stanmeyer took his winning image on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with an EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens. The image was shot at an aperture f/1.4 and 1/40th second exposure and ISO 10,000.

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.

As winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2013, Stanmeyer will receive a cash prize of €10,000 from World Press Photo at an awards ceremony in Amsterdam. In addition, Canon Europe will provide him with a professional DSLR camera and lens kit.

The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting more than 100 cities in over 45 countries. The first 2014 World Press Photo exhibition opens in Amsterdam on 18 April 2014. This year's exhibition displays will be printed on Arizona flatbed printers by Océ, which is part of the Canon Group.

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