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 Wellcome Image Awards are Wellcome’s most eye-catching celebration of science, medicine and life. Now in their 20th year, the Awards recognise the creators of informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science. Those featured are selected from all of the new images acquired by Wellcome Images during the preceding year. The judges are experts from medical science and science communication.  

Wellcome Image Awards 2017

This year's Wellcome Image Awards were presented on 15 March 2017, celebrating the scientists, clinicians, photographers and artists who bring science to life through remarkable imaging.

Watch our judges talk about the power of visual imagery and this year’s selection of images.

Filmed and edited by Christopher Lewis.

The Julie Dorrington Award was presented for outstanding photography in a clinical environment. Named after one of the founders of the Wellcome Images clinical collection, this Award honours Julie’s contribution to Wellcome and to the clinical photography profession and the service it provides to medicine and medical education.

Exhibitions of the winning images opened from 16 March 2017 in venues across the UK, Europe and Africa, including:

Aberdeen Science Centre
Africa Health Research Institute, South Africa 
At-Bristol science centre
Cambridge Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre
Eden Project, Cornwall
Glasgow Science Centre
Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, Russia
Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
Techniquest, Cardiff
Millennium Point, Birmingham 
W5, Belfast

For your chance to win a photographic print of one of these images, vote for your favourite before 31 August 2017.

Since 2011, Wellcome Images has partnered with the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bringing images of their work into the Awards. Each organisation contributes an image to the other’s Awards and provides a judge for the other’s panel.