A World Press Photo shows a photo taken by Samuel Aranda of a woman holding a wounded relative Oct. 15, 2011, during protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen. (Samuel Aranda/AFP/Getty Images)

The day he took the photo while on assignment for the New York Times, he did not have time to find out who they were. The mother hadn’t even noticed Arandas. “I was sure that they would be amazing people, as are all the Yemeni people that I met here so far,” Aranda said in an e-mail.

This week, Aranda returned to Yemen to cover the elections for the New York Times. He spoke for the first time with Zayed Al-Qaws and his mother, Fatima, less than half a mile from Change Square. “After an hour talking to Fatima and Zayed, it became really emotional,” he said. “Zayed was explaining to me his dreams — he wants to be a doctor — and we thanked each other for what this photo did for the revolution.”

Aranda said he will be pursuing a project that shows points of connection between Western and Arab society.

View Photo Gallery: Winners of the World Press Photo contest, which recognizes excellence in photography, were released Friday. The winners were selected from more than 100,000 entries submitted by more than 5,200 photographers, according to the World Press Photo competition.