Spanish photographer wins press photo award
13 February 2012, 17:38
The Hague - Spanish freelance photographer Samuel Aranda has won the
coveted World Press Photo Award for his moving portrait of a veiled
woman cradling a wounded relative in Yemen, judges said on Friday.
AFP photographers also won prizes in the 55th edition of the contest,
with Yasuyoshi Chiba winning first place in the People in the News -
Stories category for his pictures of the aftermath of Japan's earthquake
and tsunami disaster.
AFP's Massoud Hossaini won second prize in
the Spot News - Singles category, while Pedro Pardo came in third for
Contemporary Issues - Stories.
The picture by Aranda for The New
York Times, taken inside a mosque used as a field hospital during
clashes between police and protesters against President Ali Abdullah
Saleh's rule, came to represent the Arab Spring, a statement released in
"It is a photo that speaks for the entire
region. It stands for Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, for all that
happened in the Arab Spring," said one of the judges, Koyo Kouoh of
"But it shows a private, intimate side of what went on.
And it shows the role that women played, not only as care-givers, but
as active people in the movement," Kouoh added.
Aranda, a former
AFP photographer now represented by Corbis Images, will receive a prize
of €10 000 and a Canon camera at a ceremony in Amsterdam on April 21,
Hossaini's winning picture was shot after an
explosion at a religious ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, while Pardo's
win rewarded his work on Mexican drug cartel wars in Acapulco.