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Images Of Ebola Crisis Take Top Title At 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Images Of Ebola Crisis Take Top Title At 2015 Sony World Photography Awards - American photographer John Moore has been crowned the winner of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Ebola crisis

© John Moore / Getty Images, US, Winner, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

American photographer John Moore has been crowned the winner of this year's Sony World Photography Awards with his images documenting the Ebola outbreak. 

John Moore, who is a Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent for Getty Images, has 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. 

 

Ebola crisis

© John Moore / Getty Images, US, Winner, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

 

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 of the work: “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.”

 

Ebola crisis

© John Moore / Getty Images, US, Winner, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

 

John was presented his award along with a $25,000 (USD) cash prize and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by photography’s industry leaders.

 

Ebola crisis

© John Moore / Getty Images, US, Winner, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Professional  Category Winners

The winners, plus the 2nd and 3rd placed photographers, of thirteen Professional categories were also announced and they are as follows: 

Architecture

  • Winner - Cosmin Bumbut, Romania
  • 2nd - Massimo Siragusa, Italy
  • 3rd - Vadim Sivak, Ukraine

Arts & Culture

  • Winner - Aristide Economopoulos, United States
  • 2nd - Alessandra Bello, Italy
  • 3rd - Rich Wiles, United Kingdom (lives in Palestine)

Campaign

  • Winner - Sebastian Gil Miranda, France (lives in Argentina)
  • 2nd - Jonathan Syer United Kingdom
  • 3rd - Eduardo Leal, Portugal (lives in UK)

Conceptual

  • Winner - Rahul Talukder, Bangladesh
  • 2nd - Daesung Lee, South Korea (lives in France)
  • 3rd - Alejandro Almaraz, Argentina

Contemporary Issues

  • Winner - Scott Typaldos, Switzerland
  • 2nd - Corentin Fohlen, France
  • 3rd - Annalisa Natali Murri, Italy

Current Affairs

  • Winner - John Moore, United States
  • 2nd - Valery Melnikov, Russia
  • 3rd - Herman Verwey, South Africa

Landscape

  • Winner - Simon Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 2nd - Peng-Chun Yen, Taiwan
  • 3rd - Giulio di Sturco, Italy

Lifestyle

  • Winner - Li Fan, China
  • 2nd - Dovile Dagiene, Lithuania
  • 3rd - Ramil Gilvanov, Russia

People

  • Winner - Giovanni Troilo, Italy
  • 2nd - Johan Bavman, Sweden
  • 3rd - Liza Van der Stock, Belgium

Portraiture

  • Winner - Rubén Salgado Escudero, Spain (lives in Myanmar)
  • 2nd - Dougie Wallace, United Kingdom
  • 3rd - Jens Juul, Denmark

Sport

  • Winner - Riccardo Bononi, Italy
  • 2nd - Irina Dainakova, Belarus
  • 3rd - Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong, Singapore

Still Life

  • Winner - Donald Weber, Canada
  • 2nd - Peter Franck, Germany
  • 3rd - Mong-Yong Sim, Malaysia (lives in Taiwan)

Travel

  • Winner - Bernhard Lang, Germany
  • 2nd – Nadia Dias, India
  • 3rd – Yoko Naito, Japan

 

Open Photographer Of The Year

Amateur German photographer Armin Appel was named the overall Open Photographer of the Year and received $5,000 for his image “Schoolyard”. Chosen from nearly 80,000 entries to the Open competition, the image was taken while Appel was paragliding and shows the landscape of Biberach an der Riss, Germany. 

 

Landscape

© Armin Appel, Germany, Winner, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Outstanding Contribution To Photography

Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt was honoured at the awards with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. The photographer is noted worldwide for his candid and often ironic black and white images capturing everyday life. The prize recognises Erwitt as a modest master who approaches both his commercial and personal work with wry and witty visual brilliance.

 

Youth Photographer Of The Year

Nineteen-year-old student Yong Lin Tan from Malaysia was awarded the Youth Photographer of the Year title.  Yong Lin Tan's winning image was captured in the back alley of the her grandmother’s house in Kedah, Malaysia.

Kedah, Malaysia

© Yong Lin Tan, Malaysia, Winner, Youth Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

 

Student Photographer Of The Year

Russian photographer Svetlana Blagodareva from Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University beat nine other shortlisted students from around the world to collect the Student Photographer of the Year title. Her prize is €35,000 worth of Sony photography equipment for her university.   

Winner student photographer of the year category

© Svetlana Blagodareva, Russia, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University, winner, Student Focus, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards 

 

The 2015 awards attracted record-breaking entries, with 173,444 images submitted from 171 countries. All the winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at Somerset House, London from 24 April - 10 May.

For more details, visit the Sony World Photography Awards website. 

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