Find out more about the Wellcome Image Awards as well as Wellcome Images, the image library behind the Awards.

About the Wellcome Image Awards

The 14th Wellcome Image Awards were presented on 18 March 2015, recognising the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images recently acquired by Wellcome Images, as chosen by a panel of judges.  

One of this year’s winning images is a photograph of 3D-printed human lungs inside their ribcage, created by artist Dave Farnham. The lungs and ribcage belong to Caroline, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Watch this film to find out how this first 3D print in Wellcome Images’ collections was created.

Wellcome Collection film by Chris Chapman.


Listen to Catherine Draycott, Head of Wellcome Images, talking about four of the winning images in this BBC audio slideshow by Paul Kerley.

In 2014, the winning images were available to view in simultaneous public exhibitions at four major science centres across the UK, as well as in a window display at the Wellcome Trust's headquarters in London and at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge during the Cambridge Science Festival.

Clockwise from top left: Techniquest in Cardiff, Glasgow Science Centre, MOSI in Manchester and W5 in Belfast. Wellcome Trust photography by Ben Gilbert.


Following on from this success, the 2015 winning images will be brought to even more locations with 10 science centres, museums and galleries displaying the images in their own styles. The following venues are participating:

Cambridge Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre
Glasgow Science Centre
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester
Satrosphere, Aberdeen
Techniquest, Cardiff 
The Eden Project, Cornwall
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, USA
W5, Belfast

The images will also be displayed in the window of the Wellcome Trust headquarters in London.

As a result of a partnership launched in 2011, the Wellcome Image Awards also feature one image from the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To learn more about the Koch Institute Public Galleries and Image Awards, visit their website.

For the chance to win a photographic print of one of this year’s winning images and a £15 Amazon gift voucher, simply email us at images@wellcome.ac.uk to request our two-minute survey, then complete it before 31 August 2015.

About Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images is the world’s leading resource for medical imagery, with themes extending from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare, biomedical science and clinical medicine. More than 200 000 images ranging from manuscripts, rare books, archives and paintings to X-rays, clinical photography and scanning electron micrographs are available on the Wellcome Images website.

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How can I use these images?

All images are freely available for non-commercial use. This includes private study, non-commercial research, use in single copies of criticism and reviews, use in examination papers and theses, and personal use by individuals.

Commercial and editorial reproduction fees are offered at competitive rates. For more information or to request high-resolution images, contact Wellcome Images.

How can I contribute to Wellcome Images?

If you are a research scientist, clinical photographer or illustrator, we would love to see your work. You could access a wider audience through our biomedical image collection, which is used by broadcasters, publishers and academics across the world. All contributors receive commission and full credit for image uses, while retaining their original material and copyright.

To find out more visit wellcomeimages.org or contact Sabrina Taner:

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