HAVANA, March 29 (Reuters) – Yander Zamora received the King of Spain Award for the image he captured in Air Force One, seconds before landing in Havana during the visit by former President Barack Obama to Cuba last year.
In the image you can see the Air Force One overflying the lowhouses of the municipality of Boyeros, where Jose Marti International Airport is located, seconds before land.
In the photo they cross a railroad crossing and some old vehicles.
The photo of Air Force One – for which he obtained the Spanish laureate – did not have anything, was very thoughtful, although there is always a part for luck and the photographer’s vision, of course, detailed in January Prensa Latina.
Each of the photographers on the team that covered the arrival of Barack Obama in Cuba last March had a different mission, mine was to catch the moment when the plane arrived in Havana. But I could not put myself in the place I wanted because security would not let me through, he remembered.
“The driver who took me to the place lived there and I was spinning around three hours before the arrival of Air Force One.”
In all that time, about three planes came in, even two were from the White House and I have 20 similar photos, from different angles, I just crossed my fingers because it improved everything …, he recalled.
I had a bit of luck also because at the time of the plane’s entry there were some almendrones (old cars) on the road and their colors were very similar to those of Air Force One, he added.
I never expected to have all this repercussion, my concern at the time was to make a photo that I liked, but now many tell me that the image is going to remain for the story, which will be in the books, he said.