See the Winning Photos of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

John Moore, Giovanni Troilo, and Donald Weber are among the honorees

Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Current Affairs Photographer of the Year | Caption: Omu Fahnbulleh stands over her husband Ibrahim after he fell and died in a classroom used for Ebola patients.© John Moore—Getty Images

Liberia Races To Expand Ebola Treatment Facilities, As U.S. Troops Arrive

Current Affairs Photographer of the Year | Caption: A woman crawls towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her away.© John Moore—Getty Images
Still Life Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Molotov Cocktails© Donald Weber—VII
Still Life Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Molotov Cocktails© Donald Weber—VII
People Photographer of the Year | Series Name: La Ville Noire - The Dark Heart of Europe© Giovanni Troilo
People Photographer of the Year | Series Title: La Ville Noire - The Dark Heart of Europe© Giovanni Troilo
Contemporary Issues Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Butterflies Chapter 3© Scott Typaldos—Prospekt
Contemporary Issues Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Butterflies Chapter 3© Scott Typaldos—Prospekt
Portraiture Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Solar Portraits in Myanmar© Ruben Salgado Escudero
Portraiture Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Solar Portraits in Myanmar© Ruben Salgado Escudero
Travel Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Aerial Views Adria© Bernhard Lang
Travel Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Aerial Views Adria© Bernhard Lang
Architecture Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Intimate Rooms© Cosmin Bumbut
Architecture Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Intimate Rooms© Cosmin Bumbut

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Landscape Photographer of the Year | Series Title: When I Am Laid In Earth© Simon Norfolk

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Landscape Photographer of the Year | Series Title: When I Am Laid In Earth© Simon Norfolk
Sport Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Las Valkyrias de Bolivia© Riccardo Bononi—IRFOSS
Sport Photographer of the Year | Series Title: Las Valkyrias de Bolivia© Riccardo Bononi—IRFOSS

Getty Images' John Moore has just been awarded the grand prize of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world's largest photography competition in which 173,444 individual images were submitted for entry. Named L'Iris d'Or/ Photographer of the Year, Moore will come away with $25,000 for his memorable coverage of the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Like Daniel Berehulak, who earned the Pulitzer Prize in the beginning of this week, his work also went unrecognized at the World Press Photo contest earlier this year.

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.

Top winners in the various professional categories also include Donald Weber, Simon Norfolk, and Giovanni Troilo, who was honored for his tremendously controversial series on the town of Charleroi, Belgium. In March, World Press Photo revoked his 1st place prize for his work in the Contemporary Issues category because of issues over misrepresentation.

Additionally, Elliot Erwitt was recognized with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award. Somerset House in London will host an exhibition of his work from April 24 - May 10, 2015, alongside all of this year's winning and shortlisted entries.