Wellcome Photography Prize

Wellcome Photography Prize

Deadline: December 16, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: £1,250, £15,000, participation in the exhibition

Whether you are a professional, student or amateur photographer, you’re invited to enter the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020, which celebrates compelling imagery that will encourage conversations about the health challenges of our time.

For 2020, our theme is Mental Health, which covers two of our five prize categories.

At Wellcome, we believe a radical new approach is needed to transform the science of mental health. And with the prize this year we want to transform public perceptions too. We are particularly interested in how we visually address the issue of people living with or recovering from mental health problems.

We are still keen to receive photographs exploring other global health issues that may not relate directly to mental health, in the Social Perspectives, Medicine in Focus and Hidden Worlds categories.

How to enter

The competition is free to enter and you can submit as many images as you like, except for the Mental Health Series category where you can submit a maximum of five.

You cannot enter the same image in more than one category.


You can enter in any of five categories, using any form of photography including documentary, reportage, portrait, landscape, fine art photography or collage.

  • Social Perspectives (single image)
    explore how good and bad health affect society.
  • Hidden Worlds (single image)
    expose hidden details, combat health taboos or reveal places difficult to access.
  • Medicine in Focus (single image)
    show healthcare, medicine or surgery up close and personal.
  • Mental Health (single image)
    dispel the visual clichés of mental illness, fight stigmas and explore an individual’s experience or recovery.
  • Mental Health (series of up to five images)
    tell a story through related images that explores the spectrum of mental health to mental ill health.


The winner of each category will receive £1,250, with the overall winner receiving a prize of £15,000 at an awards ceremony in London. All shortlisted images will go on show at a public exhibition in London.

Website: https://wellcome.ac.uk/what-we-do/our-work/wellcome-photography-prize/2020




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