The Arab Spring: 2011 World Press Photo

The Arab Spring is the theme of the 2011 World Press Photo winner.
The photo, by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda; features a veiled Yemeni woman holding an injured man in her arms in a field hospital in Sanaa.

Out of over 100,000 photos, this one won the prize. “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,” jury member Koyo Kouoh said. “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.”

“In the Western media, we seldom see veiled women in this way, at such an intimate moment,” jury member Nina Berman noted. “It is as if all of the events of the Arab Spring resulted in this single moment – in moments like this.”

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