First held in 1997, the Wellcome Image Awards are organised each year to celebrate the best science-imaging talent and techniques. The winning images will be exhibited in galleries and science centres throughout the UK and around the world.
Wellcome Images is always on the lookout for high-quality imagery that relates to biomedical science and contemporary healthcare. Its collections cover all artistic media and imaging techniques, from hand-drawn illustrations to super-resolution microscopy and functional MRI scans. Placing images in a picture library such as Wellcome Images is an excellent way for researchers and scientists to engage with the public and to increase understanding of their work. The Wellcome Image Awards are an opportunity to celebrate both the aesthetic beauty of scientific images, and the range of incredible techniques used to create them.
The 2016 Awards will also see the launch of the Julie Dorrington Award for outstanding clinical photography. The award is named in honour of Julie who joined what was then the Wellcome Medical Photo Library in 1993, and spent 12 years at the Trust working to triple the number of clinical images held in the picture library and digitised for use in teaching, medical education and research. Her work was instrumental in making Wellcome Images one of the most comprehensive collections of clinical images in the world.
With the Julie Dorrington Award, Wellcome Images have chosen to highlight the practice of clinical photography, honouring Julie’s contribution to Wellcome, as well as the clinical photography profession and the service that it provides to medicine and medical education. Wellcome Images therefore invites submissions of professional-quality clinical photography; images will be judged on their quality, the techniques used and the educational value of the image.