Wellcome Photography Prize 2021

The finalists of each category will receive £1,000.


This year, the Wellcome Photography Prize is exploring the human side of three urgent health challenges: mental health problems, infectious diseases and global heating.

These challenges affect people of all ages, in all parts of the world – although their effects are not felt equally.

But there is hope. People and communities around the world are coming up with ingenious ways to manage mental health, control the spread of infections, and adapt to the local health risks of global heating. Theirs are the voices we want to hear – the inspiring stories that need to be shown and shared.

Submit your entries for free to either the single image or series category for one of the following themes:

- Managing Mental Health
- Fighting Infections
- Health in a Heating World


The finalists of each category will receive £1,000.

Our single image and series winners will each receive £10,000.

Prizes will be presented at an awards ceremony in summer 2021. The winning and shortlisted entries will then go on show at a public exhibition in London.

If you’re a winner, we'll also offer you a range of opportunities to showcase your work to different audiences. Our winning images receive extensive international media coverage each year.


Any person in any country can enter the prize, except for people directly involved with organising and/or judging the competition. Collaborative works will be accepted. The competition is free to enter.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

For the purpose of this section on copyright and permissions, ‘image(s)’ includes image metadata and any written captions or other text submitted with the image(s).