The Wellcome Photography Prize celebrates compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science.
- Shortlist announced
- Winners announced
3 July 2019
- Exhibition opens
4 July 2019
Our competition rewards 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.
Exhibitions and events
All winning and shortlisted entries will go on show in a public exhibition at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, from 4 to 13 July 2019.
The exhibition will also feature the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 commission, which tells the human story of dengue fever and the attempts being made to tackle it in Bangladesh, Fiji, Brazil and Réunion island in the Indian Ocean.
There were four categories in the competition:
- Social perspectives – explore how health and illness affect the way we live
- Hidden worlds – reveal details hidden to the naked eye
- Medicine in focus – show health and healthcare up close and personal
- Outbreaks (2019 theme) – capture the impact of disease as it spreads
Prizes and publicity
Entries are being shortlisted and the winners will be 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 in 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.
To find out more about the prize
Call +44 (0)20 7611 8215
For media enquries
Call +44 (0)20 7611 8866
Credit for main image: Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Wellcome Image Award winner 2009.
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