American photographer John Moore has been named by the Honorary Jury as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ L’Iris d’Or/ Professional Photographer of the Year.


One of the images from John Moore’s winning portfolio, “Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital”. ©  John Moore,  Getty Images, US,  L’Iris dOr Photographer of the year,  2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

Moore is a Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent for Getty Images. His the winning photographs 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.  He collects $25,000 USD as his prize.
The winners  of thirteen Professional categories were also announced overnight.  From across the world and covering a range of topics, the winning works each showcase the very best contemporary photography in their genre. The winners are:

  • Architecture- Winner – Cosmin BumbuÈ›, Romania
  • Arts & Culture- Winner – Aristide Economopoulos, United States
  • Campaign- Winner – Sebastian Gil Miranda, France (lives in Argentina)
  • Conceptual- Rahul Talukder, Bangladesh
  • Contemporary Issues – Scott Typaldos, Switzerland
  • Current Affairs- John Moore, United States
  • Landscape- Simon Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • Lifestyle ““ Li Fan China
  • People- Giovanni Troilo, Italy
  • Portraiture- Rubø©n Salgado Escudero, Spain (lives in Myanmar)
  • Sport – Riccardo Bononi, Italy
  • Still Life- Donald Weber, Canada  
  • Travel – Bernhard Lang, Germany

Amateur German photographer Armin Appel was named the overall Open Photographer of the Year and received $5,000 for his image “Schoolyard”.  Nineteen-year-old student Yong Lin Tan from Malaysia was awarded Youth Photographer of the Year for an image captured in the back alley of the photographer’s grandmother’s house in Kedah, Malaysia. 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 award. Renowned Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt was honoured at the awards with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.  

Galleries of all the winning images  can be seen at