Wellcome launches £20,000 photography prize to showcase powerful stories about health

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.

Key dates

Deadline for entries
17 December 2018

Winners announced
3 July 2019

Exhibition opens
4 July 2019

Submit your entry here


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

Microparticle drug delivery  by Annie Cavanagh / Wellcome Image Award winner 2009 / Credit: Annie Cavanagh. CC BY-NC

Microparticle drug delivery by Annie Cavanagh / Wellcome Image Award winner 2009 / Credit: Annie Cavanagh. CC BY-NC

Inside Ghana's biggest bushmeat market  by Nyani Quarmyne / published on  mosaicscience.com / Credit: Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures 2016

Inside Ghana's biggest bushmeat market by Nyani Quarmyne / published on mosaicscience.com/ Credit: Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures 2016

Two young boys in rural Nicaragua  by Joshua McDonald / Wellcome Image Awards winner 2017/ Credit: Joshua McDonald

Two young boys in rural Nicaragua by Joshua McDonald / Wellcome Image Awards winner 2017/ Credit: Joshua McDonald

The man with the golden blood  by Greg White / published on  mosaicscience.com  / Credit: Greg White / Wellcome 2014

The man with the golden blood by Greg White / published on mosaicscience.com / Credit: Greg White / Wellcome 2014

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.

Judges panel

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.

Sign up to Wellcome Photography Prize emails.

Follow on Instagram: @WellcomePhotoPrize #WPP19

Source: https://wellcome.ac.uk/what-we-do/our-work...

PhotoVoice: Bimonthly Photography Competition



PhotoVoice is an award-winning UK-based charity that works across the world using participatory photography for social change. 

Its innovative and award-winning projects have addressed issues as diverse as climate change, political engagement, women’s rights, refugees, HIV, disability, sexual exploitation and many more - all through the lens of photographs taken by communities affected by these issues. 

Professional Photography is the market-leading magazine for professional photographers. Each issue celebrates world-leading professionals and their work through in-depth interviews and extensive photographic portfolios. 

Every two months, photographers worldwide will be invited to submit images based on a theme which has been inspired by PhotoVoice’s projects, past and present. 

The winner will have their images featured in the pages of Professional Photography, in PhotoVoice’s quarterly publication Photo Voices, on PhotoVoice’s website, and receive a small cash prize. 

All winning images will be exhibited at The London Photo Show at the Strand Gallery in October. 

Competition 6

Theme – Tolerance

Opens – 04/09/2017

Closes – 27/09/2017

Judge – Kate O’Neill, Marketing and Partnerships Manager at Metro Imaging


“This picture was taken in Al Wade street in the old city of Jerusalem, where we can see Muslims and Jewish in the same street – though not walking together.” 

© Areej Mustafa Abu Sarah | PhotoVoice | Parents’ Circle | ‘Side-by-Side’ | Palestine

In celebration of both the Jewish New Year (Sept 21st) and Islamic New Year (Sept 22nd) this month’s competition is inspired by Areej Mustafa Abu Sarah who was a participant on the PhotoVoice project ‘Side-by-Side’ which worked with Palestinian and Israeli teenagers from across Israel and the West bank. 

Inspired by Areej’s depiction of both Muslims and Jews walking along the same street we want to see images that reflect on the theme of ‘Tolerance’. 

Entry is free for PhotoVoice members, or £10 to enter for non-members. To find out more and to enter, please visit -  www.photovoice.org/competition

More About Side-by-Side

The Side-by-Side project brought together six Isreali and six Palestinian teenagers in Israel and the West Bank to enable open dialogue and provide perspectives from both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

The young people were all members of the Palestinian-Israeli organization the Families Forum, a network of bereaved families dedicated to non-violence and dialogue. Participants recorded their daily lives and used photography to voice their losses, frustrations and differences. Their images were then posted to an online forum where the young people could view and comment on the work of others, find common ground and gain friendships. 









CALL FOR ENTRIES – Lightbox Photographic Open - Deadline Extended

This year’s theme – celebration. What is celebration to you? An opportunity to show your work in a professional gallery space

Description: Photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to submit their work to The LightboxPhotographic Open Competition. In keeping with our 10 year anniversary in 2017, this year we are inviting entries in the theme of 'Celebration and Anniversary'. Successful entries will be displayed at The Lightboxfrom 14 October 2017 - 7 January 2018.

DEADLINE EXTENDED Monday 18 September 2017

Prizes:  £500 for Best in Show

£250 The People’s Prize

£100 Young Photographer's Prize (13 – 17years)

Entry Fee: £10.00

Exhibition dates: Saturday 14 October 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018

Private View: Thursday 19 October 2017 | 6.30pm – 8.00pm

To apply: Download an application form and sign up at: http://www.thelightbox.org.uk/Event/the-lightbox-photographic-open. Send photos and form to lightboxphoto@thelightbox.org.uk.

On the Radar: June 2017

Welcome to Photograd's brand new 'On the Radar' blog series. On an irregular basis we'll bring you some interesting stories and events from the photography industry. If you want to feature in the next post, simply email us using the heading 'On the Radar' with your information and we'll squeeze in the most exciting stories.

Starting Out: Conference for Photography Graduates

10:30am – 5:00pm, Tuesday 4th July

Direct Photographic, 200-202 Hercules Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7LD

FREE for AOP members, £5 for non-members (booking essential)

Another fantastic one day conference specially tailored for those embarking on a career in photography. You’ll hear from a great panel of speakers sharing their knowledge to help you make that leap to assisting photographer and beyond into professional photography.

Speakers include:

Cassie Gale from Lisa Pritchard Agency, Cassie will talk about how photographer’s agents work, how you might get an agent, and explain what LPA Futures is all about

Top advertising photographer and AOP member Kelvin Murray will talk about his staggering career and life as a photographer

Emma Taylor AOP Membership Officer and creative consultant will give some practical advice for emerging photographers on how to market yourself

AOP Assisting Photographer member Will Corder will talk about his experiences as an assistant, stories of starting out in his career, explaining the dos and don’ts and everything he has leant along the way

AOP Business and Legal Advisor Nick Dunmur will explain copyright and how to protect yourself as a photographer

Please join us, booking is essential: 


Sian Oliver , Norwich University of the Arts graduate, 2016

Sian Oliver, Norwich University of the Arts graduate, 2016


Millennium Images, Peaches and Cream


Peaches and Cream is a photography competition and exhibition run by Millennium Images. This year the competition seeks more then ever to celebrate the photographic arts, with a key focus in showcasing emerging photographers.

Click here to find out more and how to make a submission - entries open until 31st July.

Artist Talk: Martin Seeds

Assembly  installation image,  Martin Seeds

Assembly installation image, Martin Seeds

University of Brighton graduate Martin Seeds, featured on Photograd here, is talking at Phoenix Brighton on Monday 3rd July. Martin studied in the city and has exhibited at Brighton Photo Fringe a number of times.

Click here for event details.

Khadija Saye Memorial Fund

Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye very sadly lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire in London earlier this month. Some of you might only know of Khadija from this tragic event, but we encourage you to read about the up and coming photographer. She's a real inspiration.

“Khadija was a true artist with a sensitive and generous singular vision, and will be missed by everyone who knew her. We have been inundated with messages of love and support over the last few days. 

On behalf of all of us involved in Khadija's Saye's life as an artist, we are setting up this Fund in memory of Khadija, to help others like her to pursue their passion as artists. In due course, we will establish a formal Fund and will make a decision together with those involved in Khadija's journey as an artist, and with professional partners within the cultural sector, about the best way to channel these donations for this cause. 

We will keep all donors informed of future developments. Thank you for your support.”

Click here to make a donation and find out more about the fund.

Superstition: Call For Entries

Alongside Spectrum and Photoworks, we are currently seeking entries from recent graduates or current students for work exploring the theme 'Superstition'. The theme can include ideas around mythology and story telling in photography. 

How to enter:

  • Submissions via photogradsub@gmail.com
  • Submit 4-8 jpegs - maximum 2200 pixels on the longest size @72dpi (dots per inch)
  • Include image titles, title of body of work, date and a project statement (up to 250 words) in the submission email
  • Include full contact details and website link (if applicable)



  • 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 28th February 2017


Terms & Conditions:

  • To be eligible, students need to be graduating from a BA or MA course this academic year or have graduated within a year of the submission date
  • We accept submissions from any visual course with a photographic core
  • The winning image(s) will be shared via Photograd's, Photoworks' and Spectrum's social media platforms and on any promotional media
  • Copyright remains with the artist
  • The winner will be announced on Friday 17th March 2017