Heart-aching Ebola pictures win the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards announced this year's list of winners.

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The jury of Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition has named American photographer John Moore as the winner of the 2015 L’Iris d’Or / Sony World Photography Awards’ Photographer of the Year title and $25,000 cash prize.

Chosen from 13 Professional category winners, the winning work “Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital” by American photographer John Moore, is a series of images that portrays the human tragedy people had to face in Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic

Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition at the moment  with 183,737 images submitted from 177 countries, the highest number of entries in its eight year history

The photographs by the winning and shortlisted photographers include submissions from across all disciplines - from fine art, to photojournalism, to lifestyle and can now be seen at an exhibition in Somerset House, London, UK.

In a collective statement, judges Xingxin Guo, Xinhua News Agency Image Centre, China; Jocelyn Bain Hogg, photographer, UK; and Oliver Schmitt, Spiegel Online, Germany, said: “John Moore’s photographs of this crisis show in full the brutality of people’s daily lives torn apart by this invisible enemy. However, it is his spirit in the face of such horror that garners praise. His images are intimate and respectful, moving us with their bravery and journalistic integrity. It is a fine and difficult line between images that exploit such a situation, and those that convey the same with heart, compassion and understanding, which this photographer has achieved with unerring skill. Combine this with an eye for powerful composition and cogent visual narrative, and good documentary photography becomes great.”

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