We have a winner! From a record-breaking 173,444 entries (coming from 171 countries), the Sony World Photography Awards has named its L’Iris d’Or/Photographer of the Year: John Moore.

Chosen from the winners of the awards’ thirteen professional categories, the winning work “Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital” is a hard-hitting series of images that cut to the heart of this human tragedy. Moore is a Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent for Getty Images and has photographed in more than 70 countries.

In a collective statement, the honorary jury had this to say about Moore’s 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.

The Awards, now in their eighth year, are the world’s largest photography competition. From Chile to China, over 4,000 winning, shortlisted and commended photographers from around the world have been recognized in the awards’ history. They have brought career-changing recognition to all of those involved.

Above, you will find samples of the prize-winning work from many of the professional competition category winners—from Architecture to Current Affairs, Sport and Conceptual—as well as an image from the Open Photographer of the Year, Armin Appel.

Congratulations to all!

—LensCulture


Editor’s Note: All the short-listed images—as well as the winners—will be exhibited at the Somerset House in London from April 24 until May 10, 2015.