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.

Key dates

Entries for Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 open

  • Summer 2019

Deadline for entries

  • December 2019


  • Winter 2020

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


Technical merit

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.


You can enter images made with any technique you think will work well. Here are just a few possibilities:

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.

Contact us

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Call +44 (0)20 7611 8866

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