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Wellcome Photography Prize 2019

Open calls | 07 November 2018 - 17 December 2018

Wellcome are looking for entries that can captivate people with stories of science and medicine, and start conversations about some of the health challenges humanity faces today.

Whether you are a research scientist, a documentary or clinical photographer, an artist, or a photojournalist, this is a great opportunity for you to inspire people to think differently about health, medicine and life.


The deadline for entries is 17 December 2018.

You can enter as many images as you like, but you can't enter the same image into more than one category. Each entry will be judged individually and should work as a standalone image.


The winner of each category will receive £1,250, with the overall winner receiving a prize of £15,000. Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in London on 3 July 2019.

All the winning and shortlisted entries will go on show in a major public exhibition at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, from 4-13 July 2019.

If you’re a winner, we will also offer you opportunities to take part in events to showcase your work to a range of audiences. Our winning images receive extensive international media coverage each year.

The winner of the Medicine in Focus category will be invited to produce the Julie Dorrington commission, a photo story exploring and documenting a patient’s journey with their condition.



There are four categories in the competition:

Social perspectives – explore how health and illness affect the way we live

Hidden worlds – reveal details hidden to the naked eye

Medicine in focus – show health and healthcare up close and personal

Outbreaks (2019 theme) – capture the impact of disease as it spreads.


Key dates

Deadline for entries: 17 December 2018

Winners announced: 3 July 2019

Exhibition opens: 4 July 2019