How to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize

Entries for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 are now closed


The competition was free to enter and entrants were able to submit as many images as they liked, except in the Mental Health Series category where they could submit a maximum of five images for each entry.

Entrants could not enter the same image in more than one category.

Each entry will be judged individually and should work as a standalone image, unless submitted in the Mental Health Series category.

The image maker will retain full copyright over his or her own work. Images may be used in the context of the prize (in exhibitions, promotions, publications and media coverage including social media) for three years.

For winning and shortlisted images only, ongoing permission is granted to use select images in the context of the prize and to support Wellcome’s broader charitable work. This is so that we can continue discussions about the health issues and stories to which the images relate.

Judging criteria

The story behind each image and the reasons for its creation are as important as the image itself. All images are judged anonymously on the following criteria:

Visual merit

  • Strong visual impact.
  • Thoughtful, considered composition.
  • Use of colour (or intentional lack of colour) to enhance impact.


  • Clear link to health, medicine or science.
  • Strong story or research project behind the image.

Technical merit

  • Good image quality for the type of imaging technique used.
  • Appropriate and skilful image manipulation/editing, if used.
  • Submission of high-resolution image suitable for print.
  • Satisfies the competition terms and conditions.

Judging panel

The judging panel for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 is made up of photographers, curators, and medical and media professionals, bringing a range of perspectives and talents to this diverse panel. Information on our 2019 judges is available here

Judging process

Round 1: moderation

A moderation panel filters out images that don’t meet the judging criteria and, if necessary, reduces the number of images put forward for the judges to review.

Round 2: review of images in each category

The judges select a set of images in each category to put forward to the third and final round.

Round 3: decision on winners

The judges shortlist the images to be displayed in print in the exhibition, in media and online. They then decide on a winner in each category and the overall competition winner.

Contact us

To find out more about the prize

Call +44 (0)20 7611 8215

For media enquiries

Call +44 (0)20 7611 8866