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 13th Wellcome Image Awards were announced on 11 March 2014, recognising the creators of the most informative, striking and technically excellent images recently acquired by Wellcome Images, as chosen by a panel of judges.

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

For more information on how winning images are chosen, view this video from the judging of the 2011 Awards.


As a result of a partnership launched in 2011, this year the Wellcome Image Awards 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 first time, this year's winning images are 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.

Glasgow Science Centre
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester
Techniquest in Cardiff 
W5 in Belfast

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.

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