Wellcome Photography Prize 2019

The judges have now shortlisted 28 entries from 12 countries for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019. The overall winner will be announced on 3 July 2019.

Key dates

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

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We relaunched the Wellcome Photography Prize in 2018 with an open call for entries in four new categories – Social Perspectives, Hidden Worlds, Medicine in Focus and a thematic category for the 2019 prize, Outbreaks. We received more than 6,000 entries.

This year's shortlist includes powerful images that capture the impact of disease outbreaks, pioneering advances in science and personal stories of people living with illness around the world.

The 2019 judges panel talk about this year's shortlisted images. Film by Barry J Gibb.

Social Perspectives shortlist

Images in this category had to explore how health and illness affect the way we live.

Hidden Worlds shortlist

Images in this category had to reveal details hidden to the naked eye.

Medicine in Focus shortlist

Images in this category had to show health and healthcare up close and personal.

Outbreaks (2019 theme) shortlist

Images in this category had to capture the impact of disease as it spreads.

Prizes and exhibition

The winner of each category will receive £1,250, with the overall winner receiving £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. 

The exhibition will also feature the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 commission.

Wellcome photography commission

Dengue fever is one of the most deadly and prevalent mosquito-borne diseases. 'Dengue Fever – Falling Between the Cracks' tells the human story of the 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.

Contact us

To find out more about the prize

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

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Email media.office@wellcome.ac.uk

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Credit for main image: Felipe Fittipaldi. Shortlisted in Outbreaks category, Wellcome Photography Prize 2019