Saturday, February 18, 2012
The Catalan photojournalist Samuel Aranda is the winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2011.
The international jury of the 55th annual World Press Photo Contest, consisted by a group of 19 internationally recognized professionals in the field of photojournalism and documentary photography, selected Samuel Aranda's photo from 101,254 pictures submited by 5,247 professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers from 124 countries.
Samuel Aranda's photo is part of his "Yemen, Fighting for Change" series and was taken on 15 October 2011 while he was working in Yemen on assignment for the New York Times.
The photo shows a woman holding her wounded son 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.
The winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2011, will receive the award during the Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam on Saturday, 21 April 2012. The award also carries a cash prize of €10,000. In addition, Canon will offer a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera and lens kit to Aranda.
Samuel Aranda was born in 1979 in Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelona.
At the age of 19 he started as a photojournalist for El País and El Periódico de Catalunya. He is represented by Corbis Images.
Samuel was interviewed by the Portuguese journalist Ricardo Oliveira Duarte from TSF.