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Canon congratulates World Press Photo of the Year winner, Samuel Aranda

London, UK, 10 February 2012: Canon today offers congratulations to Samuel Aranda of Spain for winning the acclaimed World Press Photo of the Year contest. The winning image taken by Samuel Aranda 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.


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Credit: Samuel Aranda, Spain, for The New York Times
World Press Photo of the Year 2011

A woman holds a wounded relative during protests against president
Saleh, Sanaa, Yemen, 15 October

The World Press Photo Contest is universally acknowledged as the world’s leading competition for photojournalism.  In this 55th year of the competition, a record 101,254 images were submitted by 5,247 professional photographers representing 124 nationalities.

Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe, commented, “We offer our congratulations to Samuel Aranda, and all the category winners of the World Press Photo Contest.  The power of Samuel’s winning image is derived from the fact that it captures a complicated, moving human story in a single moment.  

“Great photography is an increasingly vital part of journalism, as images, which can be shared around the world more rapidly than ever before, bring stories to life in a powerful and often emotional way.  Canon has always believed in the power of the image, and we are privileged and honoured to have been supporting the World Press Photo contest for 20 years.”

Two Canon ambassadors were also honoured by the World Press Photo of the Year jury. Brent Stirton, Getty Images, won two first prizes for images in the Nature and Contemporary Issues categories and Paolo Pellegrin, Magnum, was awarded second prize for a General News entry.

As winner of the premier award of World Press Photo of the Year, Samuel Aranda receives a cash prize of €10,000. In addition, he will be given a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera and lens kit. The first prize winners in each category receive a cash prize of €1,500. First, second and third prizes in all categories will also receive yearbooks featuring personalised covers, printed on Canon large format printers.

For more information about World Press Photo, the competition and to view and download the winning images, please visit: www.worldpressphoto.org/downloads

And for further information on Samuel Aranda:
http://www.worldpressphoto.org/photo/world-press-photo-year-2011-0
http://www.worldpressphoto.org/samuel-aranda

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