How to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize
Entries for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 will open later this summer. We will update this page with details about the categories for next year's prize before the competition opens.
The competition is free to enter and you can submit as many images as you like, but you can't enter the same image in more than one category. Each entry will be judged individually and should work as a standalone image.
If you're submitting more than one image from the same series, consider which images have the most impact and only submit those that offer something unique.
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.
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Entries for Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 open
- Summer 2019
Deadline for entries
- December 2019
- Winter 2020
Shortlist and winners announced
- Summer 2020
- Summer 2020
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.
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.
You can enter images made with any technique you think will work well. Here are just a few possibilities:
- photography (eg documentary, clinical, studio, still life)
- close-up photography (eg photomacrography, macro photography, photomicrography)
- microscopy (eg light, electron, super-resolution)
- medical imaging (eg CT, PET, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, thermography)
- new and emerging imaging technologies
- data visualisation
- artistic media (eg illustration, 3D printing, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media).
Some image-making techniques will be better suited to particular categories, but however you create your entry it is up to you to choose which category fits it best.
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