See the winning photos of 2015 Sony World, Audubon Society awards

The grand prize results are in for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Some striking and thought-provoking images are among the winners in 13 categories, plus the grand prize winner. In addition, another organization, the National Audubon Society, announced its best of 2015 nature photography awards.

Organized by the World Photography Organisation and sponsored by Sony, the Honorary Jury began its review after call for entries closed in early January. The program’s competitions consisted of Professional, Open, Youth, and Student categories. The Professional competition was then further broken into architecture, arts and culture, campaign, conceptual, contemporary issues, current affairs, landscape, lifestyle, people, portraiture, sport, still life, and travel.

The grand prize, L’iris d’or, went to John Moore, a staff photographer and special correspondent for Getty Images. Moore submitted a series titled “Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital.” It showed gripping images of Liberians, in stark detail, as the Ebola crisis gripped the country. As part of the prize, Moore won the “Photographer of the Year” title and $25,000.

Amateur photographers competed for the Open Photographer prize, which went to German photographer Armin Appel, who submitted “Schoolyard,” for which he received a $5,000 prize. Youth photographer Yong Lin Tan from Malaysia won the grand prize in that category; the 19-year-old student competed against more than 6,600 entries from around the world, but won for his shot of the night sky from a Malaysian alley way. The Student award went to Russia’s Svetlana Blagodareva. These three grand prize winners were chosen from a shortlist of winners announced on March 31, 2015. (The rest of professional winners are listed here.)

Prints of the award-winning images can be ordered through World Photography Organization website.

In other news, the National Audubon Society recently announced the winners for its 2015 Audubon Photography Awards featuring nature photography focused on birds and conservation. The organization was so struck by the entries that it published the top 100 entries in addition to the winners.

Photography

Forget folding phones, the Insta360 EVO camera folds in half to shoot 360 video

The Insta360 EVO is a...flip camera? Unfolded, the Insta360 Evo shoots 3D in 180 degrees, folded, the new camera shoots in 360 degrees. The EVO launches with what are essentially a pair of 3D glasses for your phone, not your face, the…
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (March 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (March 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in March, from Buster Scruggs to Roma

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Photography

Obsbot Tail camera uses A.I. to follow the action (or a pet) for you

Want to capture more epic action selfies, or see what your pet is doing while you're gone? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Social Media

Twitter takes a cue from Instagram and Snapchat with new quick-swipe camera

Twitter is giving the "what's happening" treatment to photos and video by allowing users to access the in-app camera fast enough to catch and share the moment. The new Twitter camera is now accessible with a swipe.
Photography

The Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35 mimics tilt-shift blur for less cash

Want to create a tilt-shift image on a budget? The new Lensbaby Composer II with Edge 35 mimics the look of a tilt-shift lens for under $500. The new Edge 35 optic is part of the Composer Pro II optics system.
Photography

Loupedeck Plus can now edit video, audio with Final Cut Pro

The list of Loupedeck Plus-compatible software is growing. The photo-editing console now works with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition for video and audio editing. The controls can be configured to be used on either platform.
Photography

Photography News: Taking a smartphone photo probably saved this guy’s life

A man was snapping a photo in Australia when the smartphone stopped an arrow shot at his face. In this week's photography news, see Canon's plans for a stabilized mirrorless, Hasselblad's newest accessories, Samyang's latest lens, and more.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Computing

Nvidia’s A.I. Playground lets you edit photos, experience deep learning research

Nvidia is making it easier to access information on deep learning research. It has launched an online space with three demos for image editing, styling, as well as photorealistic image synthesis. 
Photography

Paper designs digitize in real time using an Illustrator-connected paper tablet

Love graphic design, but prefer the feel of real paper? The new Moleskine Paper Tablet - Creative Cloud Connected syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real time, turning paper sketches into digital drawings.