The 2011 World Press Photo of the Year is by Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda and was produced for The New York Times. The winning image shows Fatima al-Qaws caring for her son Zayed (18) in a mosque serving as a field hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Zayed suffers from tear gas after a demonstration against President Ali Abdullah Saleh on October 15, 2011. Aranda's striking image also won first prize in the "People in the News Singles" category.
The international 19-member jury awarded prizes to the best works in 9 categories from 101,254 proposals submitted by 5,247 photographers from 124 countries. "The photo stands for the entire region," said jury member Koyo Kouoh, explaining the award. It represents Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria - everything that happened during the Arab Spring. Nevertheless, the picture also shows a private, intimate side in a significant development.
The travelling exhibition with the award-winning works is touring around 100 cities in 45 countries worldwide. Together with the leading partners Canon, Baumann & Cie, Banquiers and the media partners NZZ am Sonntag, Persönlich and Du, Keystone is bringing the World Press Photo exhibition to Zurich for the fifth time - as one of the first stops on the worldwide tour.
During the exhibition, guided tours led by Nicole Aeby, Freelance Photography Consultant & Curator, and Lea Truffer, Picture Editor, as well as supporting events will be offered. Renowned photographers will give lectures: the Dane Jan Grarup on 8 May 2012 and the South African-based American Roger Ballen on 15 May. 2012.