How to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize
Entries for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 are now open until Monday 16 December 2019.
The competition is free to enter and you can submit as many images as you like, except in the Mental Health Series prize category where you can submit a maximum of five images for each entry.
You cannot 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.
As the image maker you will retain full copyright over your own work. We just ask for permission to use your images 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, we also ask for ongoing permission to use your image 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.
Submit your entry
Deadline for entries
- 11:59pm (GMT) on 16 December 2019
Shortlist and winners announced
The story behind your image and the reasons you created it are as important as the image itself. All images are judged anonymously on the following criteria.
- 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.
- 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.
The judging panel for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 will be announced in the coming weeks. Our 2019 judges were made up of scientists, photographers, curators and medical professionals, bringing a range of perspectives and talents to this diverse panel.
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.
To find out more about the prize
Call +44 (0)20 7611 8215
For media enquiries
Call +44 (0)20 7611 8866