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World Press Photo of the Year 2013
26 February 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti. African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. (John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic)
The World Press Photo contest is certainly prestigious: after all, this year—its 57th year—more than 5,000 photographers from 132 different countries submitted more than 90,000 photographs in the hopes of winning. And there are only 27 prizes—first, second and third in nine categories. Here are some of the finest photos from that crop, which will now be touring the world as part of an exhibit.