Award-winning photojournalist selected as Friday keynote


SIPA is excited to announce award-winning photojournalist John Moore will be the Friday keynote speaker at the 2016 convention.

Moore works as a photographer (view his portfolio here) for Getty Images, a creator and distributor of photos, video, music and multimedia.

He covers international and domestic stories, most recently illegal immigration along the Mexico border and Ebola outbreak in Liberia (view his stories and trends here).

Moore will discuss issues and stories he has covered in his sessions throughout the weekend. In addition to a keynote address Friday night, Moore will teach the following sessions:

  • America at Perpetual War
    Getty Images photographer John Moore has been photographing America’s wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria for 15 years, with the end no where in sight. Go inside the conflicts with him. Warning – there is some graphic material.
  • Immigration and Border Security
    John Moore displays his long-term photo project on immigration issues, photographing people as they face unspeakable dangers in their journey from Central America through Mexico and into the United States. He also shows the story from the perspective of immigration and border enforcement in the United States, as the country struggles to control it’s border in an era where more immigrants have been deported than ever.
  • Ebola in Liberia
    Photographer John Moore first traveled to Liberia in the summer of 2014 to cover the deadly Ebola epidemic and his coverage of the historic spread of the disease in Monrovia, the capitol of Liberia, made front pages around the world. He has since returned three times, first as the country was overcome by the epidemic and then as it recovered, with great, if late, international assistance. The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola free in early 2016. Warning – there is some graphic material.

He graduated from the University of Texas in 1990 and has worked at the Associated Press before Getty.

Early in his career at Getty Images, which started in 2005, he covered events in the Middle East and Asia, including the assassination of then Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

A recipient of this year’s Photographer of the Year Award at the Sony World Photograph Awards, he was part of a team at the AP who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for their breaking news coverage of the Iraq War.

He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for his coverage of the Arab Spring.

Along with this year’s Photographer of the Year award, Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association also named him photographer of the year.

He has also been recognized four times by World Press Photo.

The convention is March 4-6 at the Marriott Downtown in Columbia, South Carolina.

Check back to for more information about John Moore later, when we will have a full story.