“A camera is a voice to share somebody’s story, and each picture is proof that our jobs do matter.”

Getty Images photojournalist Daniel Berehulak describes covering the Ebola crisis as “the most challenging and important assignment of my career.”

His harrowing images of West African communities brought the full extent of the emergency to the attention of the rest of the world – just one of the reasons Daniel has received the Pulitzer Prize in the Feature Photography category.

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“This award makes me think of all the people that shared their lives with me so that I was able to document this ghastly and horrible virus,” Berehulak told The New York Times. “It preys on our humanity — on everything that makes us human.”

The Australian photographer spent almost four months telling the story of the crisis through heart-breaking images of victims waiting outside treatment centers, documenting the tireless work of aid workers and local communities, and even compelling portraits of survivors.

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“These images helped open the world’s eyes to the potential global impact of the epidemic,” said Jonathan Klein, CEO at Getty Images. “His visual story sparked action by many organizations and countries, which kept the disaster from becoming a global pandemic.”

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Daniel was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his Getty Images coverage of floods in Pakistan, and since his earliest days with Getty Images, more than 10 years ago, his work in more than 40 countries has drawn prizes and awards, globally.

“Pictures make connections between people regardless of culture, language or geography,” Daniel explained. “A camera is a voice to share somebody’s story, and each picture is proof that our jobs do matter.”

Explore more of Daniel Berehulak’s award-winning images on Getty Images Reportage