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Samuel Aranda Wins World Press Photo Of The Year Award For Arab Spring Shot

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Samuel Aranda Wins World Press Photo Of The Year Award For Arab Spring Shot

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

AMSTERDAM — Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda won the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year award Friday for an image of a veiled woman holding a wounded relative in her arms after a demonstration in Yemen.

Jurors said Aranda’s photo, taken for The New York Times, encapsulated many facets of the uprisings across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring, one of the major news events of the year.

The photo was taken Oct. 15 in a mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, that was being used as field hospital after demonstrators protesting the rule of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh clashed with government forces.

In this photo provided on Friday Feb. 10, 2012 by World Press Photo, the 2012 World Press Photo of the year by Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times, shows a woman holding a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Samuel Aranda/New York Times)

In this photo provided on Friday Feb. 10, 2012 by World Press Photo, the 2012 World Press Photo of the year by Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times, shows a woman holding a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Samuel Aranda/New York Times)

“The winning photo shows a poignant, compassionate moment, the human consequence of an enormous event, an event that is still going on,” said chairman Aidan Sullivan. “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.”

The woman is almost completely concealed under black robes as she clasps her relative, a thin man whose torso is bare, grimacing in pain.

Sullivan said Aranda thought the man might have been the woman’s husband, but he was not sure. He said the image has religious “almost Biblical” overtones and noted its resemblance in composition to Michelangelo’s Pieta – but in a Muslim setting.

“It stands for Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, for all that happened in the Arab Spring,” said juror Koyo Kouoh. “But it shows a private, intimate side of what went on, and it shows the role that women played, not only as caregivers but as active people in the movement.”

The tsunami in Japan was another major theme of the competition. Japanese photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba took first prize in the People in the News Stories category for Agence France Presse for images including an April 3 photo of a Japanese woman standing alone and holding her daughter’s graduation certificate aloft after she found it amid a swirl of debris in Higashimatsushima.

The Associated Press won three awards, including first place in the Arts and Entertainment Singles category, for David Goldman’s shot of a soldier playing the drums at a Canadian army base in Afghanistan.

In all, 57 photographers from 24 countries won awards in a field of more than 5,000 professional photographers, who submitted more than 100,000 entries.

The jury also itself nominated a photo taken by an unidentified amateur for special mention: a still image taken from a video of a Libyan National Transition Council fighter pulling Moammar Gadhafi onto a military vehicle in Sirte, Libya, on Oct. 20.

“The photo captures a historic moment, an image of a dictator and his demise that we otherwise would not have seen, had it not been photographed by a member of the public,” Sullivan said.

Aranda’s photo also took first place in the “People in the News Singles” category. He will get euro10,000 ($13,300) at an awards ceremony later this year.

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  1. Wow.

  2. Wow.

  3. Wow.

  4. How do we know it’s a woman? Looks like Death itself, the grim Reaper embracing the wounded. What a metaphor she is, for death, ignorance, oppression…for love and death. No wonder it won.

    She’s showing a bit of arm, shouldn’t she be flogged for immodesty?

  5. Beautiful photo, very touching.

  6. Beautiful photo, very touching.

  7. It is the Arab Muslim verson of La Pieta. That is the first thing I thought of. MshAllah!!! Congratulations to all!

  8. It is the Arab Muslim verson of La Pieta. That is the first thing I thought of. MshAllah!!! Congratulations to all!

  9. It is the Arab Muslim verson of La Pieta. That is the first thing I thought of. MshAllah!!! Congratulations to all!

  10. Brings to mind “La Pieta” by Michelangelo(?)

  11. Brings to mind “La Pieta” by Michelangelo(?)

  12. Brings to mind “La Pieta” by Michelangelo(?)

  13. this is not improving anything?..whats the point iof this?..

  14. this is not improving anything?..whats the point iof this?..

  15. this is not improving anything?..whats the point iof this?..

  16. This picture tells those in the free world a lot more than the author ever intended. A clear case of unintended consequences.

  17. @Abdullah – it’s a prize winning photograph that shows the human side of an important event. It ‘improves’ things by reminding us that actual human being are being affected by these events.

  18. @Abdullah – it’s a prize winning photograph that shows the human side of an important event. It ‘improves’ things by reminding us that actual human being are being affected by these events.

  19. @Abdullah – it’s a prize winning photograph that shows the human side of an important event. It ‘improves’ things by reminding us that actual human being are being affected by these events.

  20. but are actual human beings doing enough to reduce the sufferings?.. i guess not. im not being a pessimist but i asa human being want a positive change and want these ugly events to END!

  21. but are actual human beings doing enough to reduce the sufferings?.. i guess not. im not being a pessimist but i asa human being want a positive change and want these ugly events to END!

  22. but are actual human beings doing enough to reduce the sufferings?.. i guess not. im not being a pessimist but i asa human being want a positive change and want these ugly events to END!

  23. You should see the hateful comment on this picture at yahoo.

  24. You should see the hateful comment on this picture at yahoo.

  25. You should see the hateful comment on this picture at yahoo.

  26. Thank you, Abdullah Godil, my sentiments exactly.

    Yes, it is an Arab Pieta. Maybe Death with Islam itself in her arms. Or all of humanity in her arms.

  27. Anon
    Ignorant bastard.

    A bit of arm?! Wtf is your problem you heartless and souless creep! Its a situation in which no one would have cared if she were even covered! Hes her relative anyway: its a fucking war and your acting all cute about her skin shutttt the helllll up man. Women arent supposed to be flogged in Islam. Sure it happens but you said it yourself no use in quoting scripture only thong we should change is now. Ok thats whats going on God yOu are sooo goddamn disgusting it makes me physically ill. Its a niqab, which by the way doesnt have to be white. I saw a lady wearing a white niqab. Anyway, your so brainless sometimes its really sad. Instead of appreciating life as it is, appreciating that your arent going through what the Yemenis did, that you cant see beauty and power behindthis message, seeing raw reality. Of course, thats how Americans are raised and taught.

    Btw yOu contradicted yourself. First you said, how do we know then you said, shouldnt she be flogged. And were the oppressive ones. Ha your the loser tha wants to whip the lady

  28. Thing **

  29. Wtf i need my Mac back
    Black**

  30. I find the image bizarre and disturbing. We live in a modern world not in ancient times.I wonder what would be the reaction if people in Europe suddenly started dressing like the citizens of ancient Rome. This photo reminds me of the photo of Laura Bush with a group of Muslim women dressed head to toe in black.Laura Bush face and hair uncovered and smiling looking like a normal person. While the women looked like creatures from another planet.

  31. Yahoo always has idiots venting, they say hateful comments for everything. Our First Lady is their target every time her picture shows up.

  32. Oh I see the beauty and power, and yes i am glad i am not in Yemen.

    Hey, chicken muslims go to Yemen or one of the other islamic paradises and quit hanging around here wondering why people look at you funny.

  33. Hera
    Well if You walked around some parts of the Middle East, people would look at you funny. Saying, why is she dressed like that? Where does she think shes going. People have different opinions, alrighr? Its not just an American persepective. The world isnt just the US, its a whole globe of people from all walks of life. The ways some Americans dress might be weird to some Moroccans and they way they dress might be weird to some Asians. Dont you understand, were supposed to accept our differences. Those women may have thought that Mrs. Bush looked kinda weird. But they accepted it. This is also a religion. Its not ancient or matronly or whatever. The Niqab isnt mandatory. Hijab is simply modest dress. Some women go all out, some walk around totally imfar’aat, or showing off everything, and there are moderate muslim women. The Quran said “and we created mankind in tribes and groups so they may mingle and learn from each other.” instead we make fun of each other and fight over simple dress. I personally dont dress like that, but leave the lady alone.

    Anon
    You do know that Yemen isnt just a Muslim country. Supposedly its secular, and there are plenty of Jews too. Its an Arab thing, Dumbass, not all Muslims are Arab, your so full of hate its funny, and the revolution kinda ended so….
    My dad went to Egypt to congratulate them on their victory. (its literally what he put on his facebook…he spelled congratulations wrong) im sorry, i cant go to Syria and be like hey Arabs imma be a stereotypical muslimamd start blowing stuff up for Gods sake. Better here than the US. Maybe then america will like me! Like fuck no you know its not the case. There are revolutions and wars and issues everywhere. Where do we begin? Lets see. You should shut up already because you dont know how hard it is to free yourself from the grasp of a horrible government that only wants to squeeze the life outta you. Then you come here and the people hate you for a million things, things that arent consistent
    1. being a dirty arab hamas member that wants all jews and israelis dead
    2. A suicide bomber from iraq
    3. An afghan member of Taliban and a wife of Bin Laden
    4. An oppressed Saudi Arabian woman thats probably illiterate
    5. Bin ladens mother
    6. One of Irans brainwashed people with only half a brain and one of 10 wives
    7. An oppressed egyptian lady who wants to kill christians and jews
    8. An irani that wants to impose dirty and bad sharia on the world
    9. A paki that loves hitler
    10. A hindu mozlem that secretly hides bombs under her scarf.

    The world doesnt care what i am, it wants me dead. You probably want me dead. Thats what i call inhumane. If you really want change, educate america first. Show them the difference between stereotype and reality.

  34. beautiful photo indeed. i wish all the hate would end and we could just all live in peace.

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