Wellcome Photography Prize overview

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

Our competition rewards pictures that show the importance of health in society, and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide.

If you're an image maker, enter your images to start conversations about the health challenges humanity faces today. Whether you are a research scientist, a documentary or clinical photographer, or a photojournalist, inspire people to think differently about health, medicine and life.

Winners of the prize

This year’s winning images will be announced on 3 July 2019. The judges have shortlisted 28 entries from 12 countries that powerfully capture the impact of disease outbreaks, advances in science and healthcare, and personal stories of people living with illness around the world.

Browse the shortlisted images

Wellcome photography commission

Dengue fever is one of the most deadly and prevalent mosquito-borne diseases – around half of the world’s population are now at risk of infection by the dengue virus.

The Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 commission tells the human story of this disease and the attempts being made to tackle it in Bangladesh, Fiji, Brazil and Réunion island in the Indian Ocean.

Find out more about this new photographic series and the photographer behind it, Adrienne Surprenant.

History of the prize

Established in 1997 as the Biomedical Image Awards, which in 2006 became the Wellcome Image Awards, the ever-evolving competition relaunched as the Wellcome Photography Prize in 2018.

It now rewards pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide.

Previous winners

Coming soon: the winning images from 1997 to 2014..

Contact us

To find out more about the prize

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

For media enquiries

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

Credit for main image: Luis Henry Agudelo Cano. Shortlisted in Hidden Worlds category, Wellcome Photography Prize 2019.

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