At the peak of the European migrant crisis in 2015, newspapers were filled with shocking images of men, women and children crowded into boats, making dangerous sea crossings in search of a better life. But one picture stood out. Shot by Canon Ambassador Massimo Sestini, it shows 500 refugees immediately prior to being rescued by the Italian Navy, seen from high above.
"I've become convinced that distance offers an invaluable advantage," Massimo says of the overhead perspective he used for this image, which took second prize in the World Press Photo – General News, Singles category in 2015. "Shooting a picture from as great a height as 2,500ft, I can capture the intimacy and power of a scene in a way that I wouldn't if I was shooting from the ground, in close contact with my subjects."