A new international photography prize celebrating compelling imagery that captures stories of health, medicine and science launches today. Wellcome Photography Prize invites photographers to enter their images which highlight the most challenging health issues of our time.
The overall winner of Wellcome Photography Prize will receive a £15,000 prize, with the winner of each of the four categories receiving £1,250. Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in London in summer 2019.
Winning entries will also be showcased in a public exhibition at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London in July 2019. The shortlisted entries will be shown alongside a photo series commissioned by Wellcome, which will tell an in-depth story on the theme of ‘outbreaks’ from the perspective of a celebrated documentary photographer, to be announced later this year.
Deadline for entries
17 December 2018
3 July 2019
4 July 2019
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
Prizes and publicity
Images will be shortlisted and then winners chosen by a panel of high-profile judges.
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.
The judges for the 2019 prize are:
Emma Bowkett, Director of Photography at FT Weekend Magazine, UK
Dan M. Davis, Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester, UK
Dr Heidi Larson, Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières, Switzerland
Pete Muller, National Geographic Photographer and Fellow, Kenya
Azu Nwagbogu, Curator at Large for Photography at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, South Africa
Chair: Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome, UK.
Entries to the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 will be accepted on its website which contains full terms and conditions for entry. The deadline for entries is 17 December 2018.
Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 exhibition will open at Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, from 4 to 13 July 2019. Entry will be free and open to all.
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