How to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize

Entries for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 are now open until Monday 16 December 2019, at 23:59pm (GMT).


The competition is free to enter and you can submit as many images as you like, except in the Mental Health Series 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

Key dates

Deadline for entries

  • 11:59pm (GMT) on 16 December 2019

Shortlist and winners announced

  • Summer 2020

Exhibition opens

  • Summer 2020

Judging criteria

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.

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

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Call +44 (0)20 7611 8866

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