American photographer, John Stanmeyer’s photo capturing a group of African migrants in Djibouti illuminating the skies with their cell phones as they try to get reception, won the World Press 2013 Photo of the Year Award earlier this month.

“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 humane, dignified portrayal of immigrants. “So many pictures of migrants show them as bedraggled and pathetic,” she said”.

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