Seriously stunning photograph! Without reading the caption I had a completely different take on the photo, thinking it was symbolic/ethereal. The caption tells a more dramatic meaning...
The World Press Photo of the Year 2013 is a picture by American photographer John Stanmeyer.
Congratulation John Stanmeyer!
I wonder where exactly in djibouti is this photo taken. I am here in djibouti working as an expatriate and
this picture don't suprise me because i have witnessed with my own eyes this place is already influenced by foreign and reached by modern technology.
The final example from our bigger search for a signal! But the signal, will we ever see or hear one true signal?
for some reason the idea of watching the people as a person from antiquity enters my mind, this must seem like some sort of mystic or religious practice, people by the sea waving their glowing orbs around
The glowing cell phone screens seem to be gathering energy from the orb of light in the sky. This could be a scene from a science fiction movie portraying stranded space travelers attempting to make contact with their home world or mothership. The postures of the people in the photo conveys an atmosphere of reverence and longing. They could be spiritual supplicants wishing for the bestowal of divine grace.
The photographer's choice to make this photo with a very low point of view close to the ground contributes greatly to it being so successful. I think it actually looks better displayed on a computer than it did printed on paper in the magazine.
All of the Human race seeks and longs for connection! Powerful photograph that says so many things. Beautiful.
Small human hand held diamond's in the sky. Paul Sutton says it just right, I can only give the kind of comment that I know how to, see it as I do, and offer the feeling that come to me with each picture that I very much enjoy. This one is so awesome. j.e.s.
Stunning! Hauntingly beautiful!
I love the way the context of the image brings together both the ancient, primal instincts of our human nature, and the modern technology we use to facilitate them.
I love National Geographic! You can deliver the most interesting and moving moments of humans' life so close to us that we, the readers, can feel what the depicted characters feel ... Great picture!
@Daryl Hutchins who are you to judge the people !! !!???
@Fred C. Are your statement is inference of this photo? I am confused. They are 'impoverished'. ?? This photo is example of humanity of human life in my opinion...just saying :-)
@Samanmalee Abayasiri Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity
@Yvonne Johns any one can hold a cellphone why you call them impoverish ??
be kind with others
@Yvonne JohnsImpoverished with decent clothing and cell phones?
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