Cuban Photographer Wins Two Major Prizes for Photo of Air Force One Landing in Cuba

Cuban photographer Yander Zamora observes his snapshot ‘Arrival of Air Force One’ during a visit to the headquarters of the EFE press agency. (EFE)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Madrid, 6 April 2017 — Cuban photographer Yander Alberto Zamora de los Reyes was awarded the Ortega y Gasset Prize for Graphic Journalism this Thursday, just fifteen days after receiving the King of Spain Journalism Prize from EFE Agency for his photograph of Air Force One flying over homes in Cuba in 2016.

The snapshot, published by Reuters, is titled “Arrival of Air Force One” and captures the historic landing of Barack Obama’s presidential plane in Havana on 20 March 2016, on the first visit of a US president to the island In 88 years.

The jury of the 34th edition of the King of Spain Awards unanimously recognized that the photograph reflects “a historic moment in relations between the US and Cuba, after the serious divergences maintained for more than half a century.”

For its part, the jury for the Ortega and Gasset prize, which is awarded by the newspaper El País, described the image of “pure photojournalism, capable of capturing the moment.”