Arab Spring Portrait Wins World Press Photo of the Year Award, List of Winners

February 10, 2012 /Photography NewsThe international jury of the 55th annual World Press Photo Contest announced today that it had selected a picture by Samuel Aranda as the World Press Photo of the Year 2011.

The winning picture --selected from 101,254 images submitted by 5,247 photographers from 124 countries--  shows a woman holding 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. Samuel Aranda was working in Yemen on assignment for The New York Times. He is represented by Corbis Images.

Samuel Aranda, the photographer 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 donate a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera and lens kit to Aranda.

The Awards Ceremony is preceded by a two-day program of lectures, discussions and screenings of photography. The exhibition with the award-winning images will be open to the public at the Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein in Amsterdam on Friday, 20 April 2012. The exhibition in Amsterdam is sponsored by Delta Lloyd and will be on show until 17 June.

At the same, time a worldwide tour of the exhibition will be launched. With a record number of 105 venues in 45 countries for the World Press Photo 11 exhibition last year, our exhibition program has established itself as the most popular and wide-ranging traveling photo event in the world. With the yearbook distributed internationally in seven languages, the winning images will reach a worldwide audience of millions in the course of the year.
The jury gave prizes in nine themed categories to 57 photographers of 24 nationalities from: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.


Photo of the year, 2011: Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times, A woman holds a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh, Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15.

Spot news singles:
1. Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, Noor Images for Time, Rebels in Ras Lanuf, Libya, March 11
2. Massoud Hossaini, Afghanistan, Agence France-Presse, Explosion during religious ceremony, Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 5
3. Li Yang, China, for China Daily, Rescue of a girl attempting suicide, Changchun, Jilin province, China, May 17
Honorable mention: Salil Bera, India, The Week, A leopard attacks, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Spot news stories:
1. Koichiro Tezuka, Japan, Mainichi Shimbun, Tsunami strikes Natori City, Japan, March 11
2. Niclas Hammerstrom, Sweden, for Aftonbladet, Utoya, Norway, July 22
3. Eduardo Castaldo, Italy, Dawn of a revolution, Cairo, Egypt, January-February

General news singles:
1. Alex Majoli, Italy, Magnum Photos for Newsweek, Protestors at Tahrir Square react to president Mubarak's announcement not to step down, Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 10
2. Lars Lindqvist, Sweden, Dagens Nyheter, On the pier of Ishinomaki port, Japan, April 15
3. Toshiyuki Tsunenari, Japan, Asahi Shimbun, Woman cries amid the ruins of Natori City, Japan, March 13

General news stories:
1. Remi Ochlik, France, IP3 Press, Battle for Libya
2. Paolo Pellegrina, Italy, Magnum Photos for Zeit Magazine, Tsunami aftermath, Japan, April
3. David Guttenfelder, USA, The Associated Press for National Geographic magazine, Japan's nuclear refugees, April-November

People in the news singles:
1. Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times, A woman holds a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh, Sanaa, Yemen, Oct. 15
2. Tomasz Lazar, Poland, Arrest of protesters in Harlem, New York City, during a demonstration against police tactics and income inequality. New York, USA, Oct. 25
3. Mohammed al-Law, Egypt, The Associated Press, Former Egyptian president Mubarak arrives for his trial, Cairo, Egypt, Sept. 7

People in the news stories:
1. Yasuyoshi Chiba, Japan, Agence France-Presse, Aftermath of the tsunami, Japan, March-April
2. John Moore, USA, Getty Images, Evicted, Colorado, USA
3. Jan Dago, Denmark, Jyllands-Posten, The fight for Tahrir Square, Cairo, Feb. 1-6

Sports singles:
1. Donald Miralle, Jr., USA, Mass swim start at the Ironman World Championships, Kailua Bay, Hawaii, USA
2. Ray McManus, Ireland, Sportsfile, Scrum half, Old Belvedere vs. Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
3. Henrik Brunnsgård, Sweden, Base jumper Johannes Dagemark takes off of a wind turbine, Skara, Sweden

Sports stories:
1. Alexander Taran, Russia, 'Strelka,' street fighting tournament, St. Petersburg, Russia
2. Adam Pretty, Australia, Getty Images, World Swimming Championships, Shanghai, China
3. Tomasz Gudzowaty, Poland, Yours Gallery/Agentur Focus, Lucha libre at La Loba, Mexico City

Contemporary issues singles:
1. Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images for Kiev Independent, Maria, a drug addict and sex worker, Kryvyi Rig, Ukraine
2. Ilvy Njiokiktjien, The Netherlands, 'Kolonel' Jooste trains white Afrikaners at a youth camp, Carolina, South Africa
3. Simona Ghizzoni, Italy, Contrasto, Jamila, 40, injured during Operation Cast Lead, Gaza Strip
Honorable mention. Shaofeng Xu, China, ChuTian Metropolis Daily, Man climbs up a high voltage electricity tower, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, Nov. 22

Contemporary issues stories:
1. Stephanie Sinclair, USA, VII Photo Agency for National Geographic magazine, Child brides: Too young to wed
2. Ebrahim Noroozi, Iran, Jamejam Online, Public executions by hanging, Iran
3. Perdo Pardo, Mexico, Agence France-Presse, Drug cartel wars, Acapulco, Mexico

Daily life singles:
1. Damir Sagolj, Bosnia, Reuters, Picture of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung on a wall in Pyongyang, Oct. 5
2. Johnny Haglund, Norway, Vi Menn, Girls catch fish in the Congo river
3. Paolo Woods, The Netherlands, Radio presenter sister Melianise Gabreus, Les Cayes, Haiti

Daily life stories:
1. Alejandro Kirchuk, Argentina, Never Let You Go
2. Pietro Paolini, Italy, TerraProject, Bolivianas
3. Alexander Gronsky, Russia,, Pastoral, Moscow; Honorable mention. Darcy Padilla, US, Redux Pictures, Jason & Elyssa, 2011

Portraits singles:
1. Laerke Posselt, Denmark, Iranian-born Danish actress Mellica Mehraban
2. Guillaume Herbaut, France, Institute for Artist Management for Stiletto, Femen activist Inna Shevchenko, Ukraine
3. Denis Rouvre, France, Toku Konno, tsunami survivor, Sendai, Japan

Portraits stories:
1. Donald Weber, Canada, VII Photo Agency, Interrogation room, Ukraine
2. Ton Koene, The Netherlands, Recruits at police training center, Kunduz, Afghanistan
3. Simon Norfolk and John Burke, Britain, Burke + Norfolk, Afghanistan, 19th and 21st century

Arts and entertainment singles:
1. David Goldman, USA, The Associated Press, Cpl. Ben Vandandaigue plays the drums at a Canadian base, Kandahar, Afghanistan.
2. Vincent Boisot, France, Riva Press for Le Figaro Magazine, Dakar fashion week, model poses in Yolande Mancini's design, Senegal
3. Pavel Prokopchik, The Netherlands, Local shaman performs ritual, Ungurtas, Kazakhstan

Arts and entertainment stories:
1. Rob Hornstra, The Netherlands, The Sochi Project: Sochi Singers
2. Emiliano Larizza, Italy, Contrasto, Saut-d'Eau Pilgrimage, Haiti
3. Huimin Kuang, China, Huang Jianglu newspaper, The Return of the Native, Mao Zedong remembered

Nature singles:
1. Jenny E. Ross, USA, Polar bear attempts to feed on sea birds' eggs, Novaya Zemlya, Russia
2. Joan Costa, Spain, for Malaspina Expedition, Specimen of a heteropoda, Pacific Ocean
3. Francesco Zizola, Italy, Noor Images, Tuna fish in the Tonnara, off Carloforte Island, Sardinia, Italy

Nature stories:
1. Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images for National Geographic magazine, Rhino wars
2. Carsten Peter, Germany, National Geographic magazine, Hang Ken, infinite cave, Vietnam
3. Paul Hilton, Britain, EPA for Pew, Shark fin


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