This year, the Wellcome Photography Prize is exploring the human side of three urgent health challenges: mental health problems, infectious diseases and global heating.
These challenges affect people of all ages, in all parts of the world – although their effects are not felt equally.
But there is hope. People and communities around the world are coming up with ingenious ways to manage mental health, control the spread of infections, and adapt to the local health risks of global heating. Theirs are the voices we want to hear – the inspiring stories that need to be shown and shared.
All of our minds work differently, and sometimes in ways that can negatively affect us.
There are many ways of managing our mental health – sometimes we can do it by ourselves, and sometimes we benefit from more support to understand our mental health problems, or prevent episodes of an illness that could otherwise hold us back from living the life we want.
Show us new ways to think about mental health problems and how to manage them.
The Covid-19 pandemic is inescapable this year. Its spread has revealed how connected we all are: everywhere there are now signs to wash hands, wear masks and keep a social distance.
This invisible virus has caused so many deaths and so much disruption. But it is not the only infection that needs to be brought under control. Many communities around the world are fighting other outbreaks or trying to prevent them. Has the focus on Covid-19 helped? Which other stories have been obscured by the pandemic?
We want to see the realities of infectious diseases in a pandemic world, from personal experiences to political actions.
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Awards:- The finalists of each category will receive £1,000.
The single image and series winners will each receive £10,000.