Picture credit: John Stanmeyer (

VII Photo Agency) for National Geographic, courtesy World Press Photo

Stanmeyer triumphed over nearly 100,000 images in the annual contest which is open to press and documentary photographers.

His winning shot, captured for National Geographic using a Canon EOS Mark III DSLR, shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city, attempting to get a mobile phone signal from neighbouring Somalia.

Stanmeyer won first prize of €10,000, plus a Canon DSLR kit.

The photographer, who works for VII Photo Agency, took the image with a 35mm f/1.4L USM lens, using an aperture of f/1.4 and shutter speed of 1/40th second.

The judging panel – who spent a fortnight poring over the entries – was led by Gary Knight, founder of VII Photo Agency.

The winners of each category collect €1,500.

A year-long touring exhibition of the best photos kicks off on 18 April in Amsterdam, the home of World Press Photo – a non-profit organisation founded in 1955.

This year’s submissions hailed from 132 countries.

To view the winning images visit www.worldpressphoto.org