US photographer takes top prize in World Photography Awards
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US photographer takes top prize in World Photography Awards

Sister's Grief. John Moore, Current Affairs Photographer of the Year. Copyright: © John Moore / Getty Images, US, Winner, Current Affairs, Professional Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

American photographer John Moore has won the L'Iris d'Or Photographer of the Year prize in the World Photography Organization's annual competition. The Getty Images photographer submitted a dramatic and emotional series of pictures telling the story of the Ebola crisis in Liberia's capital Monrovia – a series that was credited with being the first to expose the scale of the problem that country faced and the severity of the epidemic. Moore's pictures came on top in a field of 183,737 entries to win a prize of $25,000 and a collection of Sony photographic equipment.

The WPO Awards is in its eight year and has been sponsored by Sony since its inception. The competition has thirteen categories for professional photographers and an open section for amateurs as well as awards for Youth Photographer of the Year, Student Photographer of the Year, Mobile Phone Photographer of the Year, and an award for Outstanding Contribution to Photography – which this year was won by Elliott Erwitt. Also on the winners' list is Donald Weber for his Molotov Cocktail 'portraits,' who we interviewed about the project last year.

In what could be seen as a controversial move, the WPO awarded Giovanni Troilo the title People Photographer of the Year for his series The Dark Heart of Europe. That set of pictures had him disqualified from the World Press Photo awards after he was awarded first place in the Contemporary Issues category.

A selection of first, second and third place images, as well as a collection of images by Elliot Erwitt, make up a 200-print exhibition that will be on display in London's Somerset House until the 10th May. For the full collection of shortlisted and winning images, as well as more details about the exhibition, visit the World Photography Organization website.