World Press Photo of the Year Depicts African Migrants Searching for Cellular Signal

The World Press Photo of the year is a surreal capture of a dim moment in the dark of night – a group of African migrants waving phones in the sea of invisible cellular waves. It’s a beautiful photo taken by American photographer, John Stanmeyer, for National Geographic.

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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.

The photo is a reminder of the geographical, technical, and economic boundaries that cell phones have highlighted. Especially for remote regions, the importance of connectivity is not lost on those who need it most.