2014 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues

Signal

Photographer

John Stanmeyer

VII for National Geographic

26 February, 2013

African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City at night raise their phones in an attempt to catch an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad.

About

John Stanmeyer

John Stanmeyer, born in Illinois, is a founder member of the VII photo agency. Over the last decade, Stanmeyer has worked nearly exclusively with National Geographic, producing ...

Background story

African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City at night raise their phones in an attempt to catch 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.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/41
Focal length
35.0 mm
F-Stop
1.4
ISO
10000
Camera
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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