How to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize

Entries for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020 will be opening soon. We will update this page with full details about how to enter once the competition launches.

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

Judging takes place over three rounds.

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.

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