Best images from World Press Photo of 2011 come to Rome

May 30, 2012. Each year an image is selected by World Press Photo as the 'Photo of the Year'. It's selected based on capturing the year's most important events.

From over 100,000 entries, this year's winner came from the Spanish photographer Samuel Arranda for this shot taken during the political unrest in Yemen last October. The pose has been compared to Michelangelo’s Pietà, showing a mother cradling her grown son.


Jurre Janssen
Project Manager, World Press Photo

“This is an image of the Arab Spring. As you know, the Arab Spring was one of the highlights of last year and according to the jury this was the moment or the picture that encapsulated the Arab Spring the best of the pictures.”

Among the entries, were photos from the Japanese earthquake last March, showing a devastated coastline after the tsunami struck.

The awards given out by the World Press Photo are considered to be some of the most prestigious in photojournalism.

Jurre Janssen
Project Manager, World Press Photo

“It's considered to be what they say the Oscars of photo journalistic community.”

This photo was taken by Italian photographer, Simona Ghizzoni who has been profiling women's issues throughout North Africa and the Middle East. The woman seen here was wounded during a missile attack and now has problems using her legs. The image took third place in the category of contemporary issues.

Simona Ghizzoni
Photographer, Contrasto

“This photo was taken in the Gaza Strip almost one year ago in April of 2011. And it's part of a project about the consequences of war on women's everyday life.”

These photos were taken by Emiliano Larizza, who was awarded second place in the category of arts. The images are of a waterfall in Haiti where locals gather each year in pilgrimage to wash themselves in the purifying waters.

Emiliano Larizza
Contrasto

“It's a place where the Haitians would go to make a pilgrimage. It's a very important place, the most important of the country. And every 16th of July the different societies there mix together, poor, rich, all of them go there to pray.”

This exhibition in Rome is just one of the many that take place throughout the globe by World Press Photo. This is the 55th annual contest which brought together over 5,000 photographers from 124 countries. For those who can't make it to an exhibit can visit the organization's website to see all of the best photos from 2011.

 
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