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, find out how to enter 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

The overall winner of the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019, and winner of the Social Perspectives category, is 'I Feel Relaxed When I Play with String'. The tender photograph, taken by Erin Lefevre of her brother Liam, is a powerful insight into living with autism.

Other category winners explore a hidden story about disability, sex and wellbeing, the role robots could play in helping to care for an ageing population and what researchers are doing to identify emerging zoonotic diseases before they become a pandemic threat.

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

Browse the winning and 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 2012.

Contact us

To find out more about the prize

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. CC-BY-NC-ND.

Credit and rights for other images are contained in the 'Info' section of each image.

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