World Press Photo of the Year 2011 ~ By Photographer Samuel Aranda

New York Times photographer Samuel Aranda was announced the winner of the iconic World Press Photo competition on Friday.

The 55th annual jury of the World Press Photo contest selected Aranda's photograph of a woman consoling an injured male relative in Yemen as 2011's photo of the year. The woman is covered almost entirely by her burqa, by exception of small parts of her face and arms that seem to sneak out from beneath her robes. Aranda took the photograph in a Sanaa mosque that was being used as a hospital by demonstrators protesting against Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The Times' Lens blog described the winning photograph as having the "feel of a Renaissance painting." Mr. Aranda told the Times that it was one of the first shots he took during his two months on assignment in Yemen. "The woman is not just crying. It was something more. You can feel that the woman is really strong," Aranda said of the female subject in his photograph.[via Huffington Post]

The World Press Photo competition is one of the most famous competitions for photojournalists in the world.

Here are some more examples of  Samuel Aranda's fantastic work:

Police patrol al-Hasab neighborhood in the Yemeni city of Taizz on December 6, 2011.

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