Wellcome Photography Prize 2019

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

Key dates

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

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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:

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.

Contact us

To find out more about the prize

Call +44 (0)20 7611 8215
Email photoprize@wellcome.ac.uk

For media enquries

Call +44 (0)20 7611 8866
Email media.office@wellcome.ac.uk

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

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