The Wellcome Image Awards are celebrating their 20th year of bringing us the world’s most incredible science images and to celebrate, the Wellcome Images exhibition will be returning to Millennium Point this March!

Showcasing the best in science image making, this year’s awards include a broader range of cutting-edge artistic and scientific techniques than ever before.  From photography and illustration to super-resolution microscopy and medical scans, the images use a variety of methods to capture the imagination and bring complex concepts to life.

Credit: Developing spinal cord. Gabriel Galea, University College London

This year’s award-winning images include a beautiful illustration of Nobel laureate and neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, a glimpse at the intricate system of blood vessels inside an African Grey Parrot and a fascinating visualisation of Twitter conversations about breast cancer.

The Wellcome Image Awards were established in 1997 to reward contributors to the Wellcome Images collection for their outstanding work. Over the last twenty years, as science and technology have progressed, the awards have embraced new styles and pushed the boundaries of science image making.

Credit: Blood vessels of the African grey parrot. Scott Birch and Scott Echols

The 22 winning images were chosen by nine judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 15 March 2017 where the overall winner will also be revealed. 

This is the second year that the Julie Dorrington Award for outstanding photography in a clinical environment will also be awarded. 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.

For more information about the Awards and the judging panel, please visit the Wellcome Image Awards website.

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