The Wellcome Photography Prize celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science.

Key dates

  • Judging
    February 2019
  • Shortlist announced
    June 2019
  • Winners announced
    3 July 2019
  • Exhibition opens
    4 July 2019

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Previously the Wellcome Image Awards, our newly relaunched competition will reward pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide.

We’re looking to captivate people with stories of science and medicine, and start conversations about some of the health challenges humanity faces today.

Whether you are a research scientist, a documentary or clinical photographer, an artist, or a photojournalist, this is a great opportunity for you to inspire people to think differently about health, medicine and life.

How to enter

Entries for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 are now closed.

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Prizes and publicity

Images will be shortlisted and then winners chosen by a panel of high-profile judges.

The winner of each category will receive £1,250, with the overall winner receiving a prize of £15,000. Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in London on 3 July 2019.

All the winning and shortlisted entries will go on show in a major public exhibition at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, from 4-13 July 2019.

If you’re a winner, we will also offer you opportunities to take part in events to showcase your work to a range of audiences. Our winning images receive extensive international media coverage each year.

The winner of the Medicine in Focus category will be invited to produce the Julie Dorrington commission, a photo story exploring and documenting a patient’s journey with their condition.


There are four categories in the competition:

The images shown in each category are for illustration only – we were open to all perspectives and imaging techniques for the 2019 prize.

Category 1: Social perspectives

Images that:

Category 2: Hidden worlds

Images that:

Category 3: Medicine in focus

Images that:

Category 4: Outbreaks (2019 theme)

What are scientists doing to track the molecular signature of a disease as it moves through a community? What burden does an outbreak create for health services, and how does it affect the people it leaves behind? While fast-moving outbreaks such as Ebola and Zika create fear and uncertainty, what stories of hope, courage and human resilience can we find alongside them?

In recent years, outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough and chickenpox have reappeared in high-income countries where access to vaccines is not usually an issue. Why are these preventable diseases making such an aggressive return?

And what about the indirect health threats from an outbreak? In a public health emergency, it can be harder for people with long-term conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and lung disease to get the care they need. How do they cope? And are they more at risk from the infectious disease itself as a result?

Images that:

Judges panel

The judges for the 2019 prize are:

The judges panel will be chaired by Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about the prize:
T +44 (0)20 7611 8215

For media enquiries:
T +44 (0)20 7611 8866

Credit for main image: Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Wellcome Image Award winner 2009.