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:
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Scarlett Johansson, an Oxfam Ambassador, traveled to Kenya recently to see the emergency relief organization's life-saving work in response to the devastating drought affecting East Africa.
Since escalating to famine, 13 million lives are at risk throughout Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
The actress visited the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya where tens of thousands of Somali refugees have arrived and the experience is nothing short of eye-opening.
Check out the video above for a glimpse of ScarJo's efforts with Oxfam, then click here for more information about the food crisis facing East Africa and how you can help!
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Iman has teamed up with nOir Jewelry and Modelinia to create a Beautiful Friends Forever bracelet to raise awareness for the devastating famine in her home country of Somalia.
To help spread the word models including Christy Turlington, Coco Rocha, Doutzen Kroes and Lily Aldridge to help launch the BFF bracelet.
The blue and white bracelet (the colors of Somalia's flag) can be purchased at nOir Jewelry starting today or Endless and Curve boutiques on September 12th.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the bracelet will be donated to Save The Children, an organization that is distributing life-saving water and treating malnourished children affected by the drought and famine in East Africa.
[Image via Jeffrey Clark Grossman/WENN.]
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After an Islamic militia ordered radio stations to stop playing music in Somalia, two stations in the capital of Mogadishu closed out of fear and left others uncertain of their futures!
The government quickly rescinded the order, but the future of the radio stations is unknown because according to a Somali radio director "each side is telling you to do his bidding. We are confused. We don't know what will come next.
Hizbul Islam had labeled music un-Islamic when they issued their edict, but the government is telling the radio stations that they can resume operations.
The Somali government has been unstable for quite some time and some fear that they cannot protect its civilians from the violence running rampant in the country.
[Image via AP Images.]
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