Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda has won the coveted World Press Photo crown.

Aranda’s winning image shows a woman holding a wounded relative following demonstrations in Yemen on 15 October 2011.

Aranda, who works for Corbis Images, had been on assignment for the New York Times.

Commenting on the winning image, Aidan Sullivan, one of the judges, said: ‘The winning photo shows a poignant, compassionate moment, the human consequence of an enormous event…

‘We might never know who this woman is, cradling an injured relative, but together they become a living image of the courage of ordinary people that helped create an important chapter in the history of the Middle East.’

Samual Aranda

Picture credit: Samuel Aranda/Corbis Images/New York Times