'Join us on our journey to find the next generation of treatments and approaches'

Wellcome Photography Prize shortlist announced.

The Wellcome Photography Prize has announced its 2020 shortlist. Chosen from five categories, including two dedicated to this year’s theme of mental health, the shortlist comprises 44 photos by 25 professional, amateur and student photographers, from Tanzania to the US. 

Returning for its second year, the prize tells provocative visual stories about the health challenges of our time, combatting health taboos, bringing complex health issues to life and showing how health affects society. With a special focus on mental health, the prize aims to transform preconceptions and address how people affected are represented through the camera’s lens.

Miranda Wolpert, Head of Mental Health Priority Area at Wellcome, said: ‘In order to help the millions of people whose lives are affected by anxiety and depression it is vital that we find the next generation of treatments and approaches which work. It is clear from the stories and images throughout this years’ Wellcome Photography Prize that every individual experience of mental ill-health is personal. Our job is to find the key mechanisms which can help as many people so that no one is held back by mental health problems. If you are inspired, or moved, by these images please share them with others and join us on our journey to find the next generation of treatments and approaches.’

On 19 August, World Photogrpahy Day, Arseniy Neskhodimov was announced as the overall winner of the Wellcome Photography Prize 2020, with his series of five images entitled Prozac. He also won the Mental Health Series category and will receive £15,000 plus £1,250 for his category win. To see Neskhodimov's images see: https://wellcome.ac.uk/our-work/wellcome-photography-prize/2020

Pictured: the 'Mental health (single image)' shortlist:

Camila Falcão 



São Paolo, Brazil 

Tom Merilion 


Nina, 3 Degrees 

River Spey, Scotland, UK 

Benji Reid 


Holding on to daddy 

Manchester, UK 

Lorena Ros 



Barcelona, Spain 

Jeffrey Stockbridge 


Amber Lynn Nichols, 24 Years Old, 3 Months off Heroin 

Philadelphia, USA 

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