The World Press Photo jury has selected this powerful photo taken in Yemen last fall, as Photo of the Year 2012. New York Times photographer Samuel Aranda took the shot–which the Times describes as having “the mood of a Renaissance painting”–at the entrance to a mosque-turned-hospital.
“A thin man rests his head on the shoulder of a burqa-clad woman, the pair collapsed together against a wall,” Kerri McDonald writes on the New York Times Lens blog. “The expression on her face can’t be seen. But her body language–right arm wrapped tightly around his neck, left hand clinging to his arm-—conveys everything her expression cannot.”