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World Press Photo of the year awarded to Samuel Aranda
A woman holding a wounded relative during protests in Sanaa, Yemen, on October 15, 2011.
Samuel Aranda for The New York Times
Samuel Aranda of Spain, a photographer working for The New York Times, has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2011 with this picture of a woman holding a wounded relative in her arms, inside a mosque used as a field hospital by demonstrators against the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen on 15 October 2011.
Aranda, a freelance photographer from Spain, traveled to Yemen on assignment for The New York Times. In December he gave an interview to the newspaper about the difficu...—and the warmth of its people.
"What I would really like is for this photo to help the people of Yemen," he told The British Journal of Photographyafter learning of the award. "I think it's a country that is often forgotten."
An undated self portrait by photographer Samuel Aranda.
Samuel Aranda / EPA, file
Jury chair Aidan Sullivan said about the photo: "The winning photo shows a poignant, compassionate moment, the human consequence of an enormous event, an event that is still going on. We might never know who this woman is, cradling an injured relative, but together they become a living image of the courage of ordinary people that helped create an important chapter in the history of the Middle East."