The World Press Photo of the year surprised and touched us all: John Stanmeyer’s photograph of African immigrants on a Djibouti beach holding up their phones to the night sky, searching for a signal to reach their families before shipping off towards Europe and beyond. The photograph may be less “shocking” than previous winning photographs, but it is equally meaningful. As the photographer Jilian Edelstein said, “It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories—it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity.”
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