Printer supplies maker Canon has offered its congratulations to Spanish photojournalist Samuel Aranda, who has been awarded the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year prize.

The winning shot was taken in the Yemeni capital Sanaa during demonstrations against president Ali Abdullah Saleh on October 15th 2011 and shows a woman holding a wounded relative in her arms.

It was one of a record 101,254 snaps submitted for the prize, which is now in its 55th year.

Marketing director for professional imaging at Canon Europe Kieran Magee stated the power of the image derives from the way it captures a complex human story in a single shot.

He added: "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."

Mr Aranda has worked for organisations including El Pais, Agence France-Presse and the New York Times during his career and has provided coverage of the Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen in the past year.