Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda has won 2012 World Press Photo of the Year for his photo, shot for The New York Times, of a Yemeni woman holding a relative wounded during anti-government demonstrations. The World Press Photo organization announced the winners of the 55th annual contest at a press conference February 10 in Amsterdam.
Aranda, who is represented by Corbis, took the photo in a field hospital in Sanaa, Yemen in October, 2011. The chair of the World Press Photo jury, Aidan Sullivan, vice president of photo assignments for Getty Images, said the image shows a “poignant, compassionate moment” from the Arab Spring uprisings against regimes across the Arab world. American photographer Nina Berman, one of the jury members, noted, “In the Western media, we seldom see veiled women in this way, at such an intimate moment. It is as if all of the events of the Arab Spring resulted in this single moment – in moments like this.”
Aranda will receive a 10,000 Euro award and other prizes at a ceremony to be held in Amsterdam in April.
The World Press Photo Contest honors outstanding photojournalism, both single pictures and photo stories, in several categories. Among the first place winners: Alex Majoli, Yuri Kozyrev, Brent Stirton, Stephanie Sinclair, Donald Weber, Kolchiro Tezuka.
For our complete story on the 2012 World Press Photo winners, see PDNOnline.com.