Arab Spring image wins World Press Photo

A portrait of a veiled woman cradling a wounded relative in her arms, taken in Yemen by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda for The New York Times, has won this year’s top World Press Photo prize.

The photograph, taken on 15 October, captured a moment in the conflict in Yemen when demonstrators against outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh used a mosque in Sanaa as a field hospital to treat the wounded.

But judges said it also spoke more broadly for the Arab Spring. “It stands for Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria – for everything that has happened during the Arab spring,” said one jury member.

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