This photo, reminiscent of Michelangelo’s Pietà, is the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year. In it, a woman holds 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.
Technical information on the photo:
Shutter speed: 0.4 sec
Focal Length: 35 mm
Camera: Nikon D700
For a gallery of the other winners from the best photojournalists in the world, see the World Press Photo website.
This year’s World Press Photo Contest drew more than 100,000 entries from more than 5,200 photographers.
- Photos: 2011 World Press Photo of the Year Awards (abcnews.go.com)
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- The 2012 World Press Photo of the Year (lightbox.time.com)
- World Press Photo won by Arab protest image (cbc.ca)
- World Press Photo of the year awarded to Samuel Aranda (photoblog.msnbc.msn.com)
- World Press Photo winner announced (mnn.com)
- World Press Photo of the Year 2011 winners (telegraph.co.uk)
- This is the World Press Photo Of The Year [Announcements] (gawker.com)
5 thoughts on “Aranda wins World Press Photo of the Year”
What a meaningful photo…says so much!
Once again, great photojournalism proves a picture is worth a thousand words — and then some.
Thanks, PT. I would never have seen this but for you. Amazing comment on today’s world: I think if one tried to sum it up in words one might even blunt the message.
I agree. Sometimes words just get in the way.
Photos always speak a thousand words. And sometimes, they speak when there are no words which best express the scene – this is one of those times.