The 2011 World Press Photo of the Year is this one, by Samuel Aranda:
The caption: “A woman hugs a wounded relative inside a mosque used as a hospital during clashes in Sana, Yemen on Oct. 15, 2011.” You can read more about why this photo was chosen from World Press Photo or the New York Times.
It's hard to look at this photo and not think of the Pietà. While Michaelangelo's is the most famous, in my opinion, the photo is actually closer to Luis de Morales', or this one, an 1876 painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau:
Both images are high-resolution, so feel free to click on them to make them larger. Personally, I've found the comparison between the two images fascinating, both in terms of what they depict in common, and in how they differ. That's all I'll say for now.
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