Getty Images photojournalist John Moore wins Photographer of the Year at Sony World Photography Awards
American photojournalist John Moore receives prestigious L’Iris D’Or for his work documenting the Liberian government’s efforts to stop the spread of Ebola
The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition, the Sony World Photography Awards, last night announced Getty Images Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent John Moore as the recipient of the prestigious L’Iris d’Or 2015- the Professional Photographer of the Year.
Selected from the winners of 13 categories, Moore was awarded for his work documenting the Liberian government’s efforts to stop the spread of Ebola, being one of the first photographers to travel to the country to capture the growing impact of the disease. Moore also won first place in the competition’s Current Affairs category for this work. The images have been universally credited for the early exposure of the scale of the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia and the epicentre of the deadly disease.
Jonathan Klein, CEO and co-founder, Getty Images says: “The Getty Images family worldwide is extremely proud of John Moore and the dedication, courage and talent he brings to his work. He was one of the first photojournalists on the ground in Liberia and his arresting images of the Ebola crisis helped generate global awareness that mobilized governments to act on the tragedy unfolding in West Africa. Storytelling unites our shared humanity and is at the heart of our work at Getty Images. John’s award-winning work underscores how, in this increasingly visual age, photojournalism is more powerful and important than ever.”
Moore joined Getty Images as a senior photographer in 2005. He has worked throughout South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and particularly in Pakistan, where he courageously captured the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Moore is based in New York and has photographed in more than 70 countries. He is a past recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, Pulitzer Prize, been named Photographer of the Year by both Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association and has been recognised four times by World Press Photo.
The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards saw 183,737 images submitted from photographers in over 177 countries across the competition’s various categories, cementing its place as the world’s largest photography competition.
For more information on the Sony World Photography Awards and for a full list of winners, visit www.worldphoto.org.
Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent for Getty Images
John Moore is a senior staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images, based in New York City.
Moore has won top photography awards throughout his career. He has been honored four times by World Press Photo for both his domestic and international work. The Overseas Press Club awarded Moore the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work in Pakistan and the John Faber Award for his work in the refugee camps in Zaire. Both Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association have named him the photographer of the year. Moore was part of the Associated Press team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, for coverage of the war in Iraq and, as a Getty Images staff photographer, he was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography for his coverage of the Arab Spring.
In 2015, John won top honors at the China International Press Photo Contest, and first place in News Picture Story, as well as third place in the World Health category for his work documenting Ebola, from Pictures of the Year, International.
Since 2010 Moore has also focused on immigration issues throughout the United States. For 2013, with immigration reform at the top of the national agenda, he has spent most of the year photographing border security and immigration issues in Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New York. This work has been published consistently and prominently throughout the U.S. media.
Moore joined Getty Images in 2005 and was based in Islamabad, Pakistan, until July 2008. During that time he worked throughout South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and particularly in Pakistan, where he courageously captured the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. For the past five years he has been based in the United States, first in Colorado, where he covered the worst effects of the recession on American families, bringing an exclusive and heart-breaking look at the nation’s foreclosure crisis.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, Moore joined the Associated Press, first based in Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico and Egypt. He has photographed in more than 75 countries on five continents.
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