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Look At What’s Being Called The Best Photo Of The Year!

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About a bazillion photos get taken every day but you’re looking at (above) what the World Press Photo Academy is calling the greatest picture taken all YEAR!

Wow! That’s saying something!

The shot was snapped by American photographer John Stanmeyer along the shore of Djibouti. It shows eight Africans holding their phones to the sky while attempting to capture a cell signal from Somalia.

K, that’s pretty friggin’ cool!

The pic originally ran in National Geographic and was chosen by a jury panel, including judge and fellow photo enthusiast Susan Linfield. She explained why Stanmeyer’s shot took top prize, saying:

"What we’re looking for in the winning image is the same quality you would look for in a great film or in literature—the impression that it exists on more than one level, that it makes you think about things you haven’t thought about.”

While we think Kim Kardashian’s backside selfie should have been considered too, we're pretty sure the best photo won!

Congratz, John!

[Image via John Stanmeyer.]

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9 comments to “Look At What’s Being Called The Best Photo Of The Year!”

  1. 1

    Signal hunting happens everyday, everywhere. They are applying emotions to this image, as if these people are animals, coming to civilization for the first time. It's disgusting and its totally racist.

  2. DALEK says – reply to this


    Re: adg100 – thats one way to look at it.

  3. Diana says – reply to this


    Why do you have a watermark on an image that is clearly not yours?

  4. Danny Ghitis says – reply to this


    Let me guess, you didn't ask for permission to use and/or watermark this photo? Good luck.

  5. Chris says – reply to this


    Hey, didn't you get sued not too long ago for throwing a watermark on some images that weren't yours?

  6. Michael says – reply to this


    This is certainly the best photo you've misappropriated all year.

  7. Rob says – reply to this


    There should be a contest of images you use without permission and watermark.

  8. abc123 says – reply to this


    Re: adg100 – be at the shore of djibouti as an immigrant worker who can't afford a local sim or an ISD call, far away from your home and family and then comment if its some kind of 'hunting'.

  9. abc123 says – reply to this


    People like the author of this blog is proof that the earth is really overpopulated…