A freelance photographer last night won a Pulitzer Prize for his courageous coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Daniel Berehulak won the $10,000 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for images published in The New York Times.

Berehulak, who was born in Australia, spent four months cloaked from head to toe in a protective suit, face mask and three pairs of gloves to chronicle the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Nominating the photographer for the prize, The New York Times stated: ‘Imagine spending three continuous weeks inside an Ebola treatment unit, as Berehulak did, constantly awash in patients and highly infectious bodily fluids, capturing memorable acts of bravery and tragedy while trying to keep infection at bay.’

Berehulak told the newspaper: ‘I focus on the tiniest details.

‘My elbows are tucked underneath me as I’m walking in these tiny, cramped rooms, making sure I didn’t touch any of the doorjambs.’

The photographer started freelancing for Getty Images in 2002, shooting mainly sports, before moving to London to work as a Getty news photographer from 2005-2009.

Meanwhile, powerful photographs of last year’s protests in Ferguson, Missouri, won photographers at the St Louis Post-Dispatch the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

To view the Pulitzer Prize-winning images, see below:

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY