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 the Wellcome Trust’s most eye-catching celebration of science, medicine and life. The Awards recognise the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of biomedical science. The winners are selected from all new images acquired by Wellcome Images during the preceding year. Judged by a panel that includes experts in science communication, medicine and biomedical science, the Awards showcase the best in science image making.

Wellcome Image Awards 2016

The 15th Wellcome Image Awards were presented on 15 March 2016, celebrating the scientists, clinicians, photographers and artists who bring science to life through remarkable imaging. The overall winner of the 2016 Awards was David Goodsell, with his illustration of the Ebola virus.

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

Filmed and edited by Simon Moore.

This year we also launched the Julie Dorrington Award 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 will open simultaneously on 16 March 2016 in venues across the UK, Europe and Africa, including:

Aberdeen Science Centre
Africa Centre for Population Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
At-Bristol science centre
Cambridge Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre
Eden Project, Cornwall
Glasgow Science Centre
MSI, Manchester
Polytechnic Museum, Moscow, Russia
Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
Science Museum, London
Techniquest, Cardiff
Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum at Millennium Point
W5, Belfast

For your chance to win a photographic print of one of these images, vote for your favourite before 31 August 2016.

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.

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.

Sign up to the Wellcome Images e-newsletter by emailing us at images@wellcome.ac.uk

How you can 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 competitive. For more information or to request high-resolution images, contact Wellcome Images.

How you can contribute to Wellcome Images

If you are a research scientist, clinical photographer or illustrator, please look out for the next call for contributions. You could reach 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, contact Joanna Castle:

T +44 (0)20 7611 8716
E j.castle@wellcome.ac.uk