Call for contributions: Wellcome Image Awards 2015

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08 August 2014

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Wellcome Images is now accepting submissions for next year’s Wellcome Image Awards. Any images submitted between now and 30 September will be considered for the Awards, which will be held in March 2015.
First held in 1997, the Wellcome Image Awards are organised each year to celebrate the best science-imaging talent and techniques. This year, for the first time, the winning images went on display in all four countries of the UK: at the Glasgow Science Centre, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester, Techniquest in Cardiff and W5 in Belfast, as well as in a window display at the Wellcome Trust’s headquarters in London. In 2015 the winning images will go on display in simultaneous exhibitions at even more science centres and public galleries to spark the imaginations of people all across the UK.  
 
Wellcome Images is always on the lookout for high-quality imagery that relates to biomedical science and contemporary healthcare. Its collections cover all artistic media and imaging techniques, from hand-drawn illustrations to super-resolution microscopy and functional MRI scans. Placing images in a picture library such as Wellcome Images is an excellent way for researchers and scientists to engage with the public and to increase understanding of their work. The Wellcome Image Awards are an opportunity to celebrate both the aesthetic beauty of scientific images, and the range of incredible techniques used to create them. 
 
The overall winning image from 2014 was of a mechanical heart pump inside the chest of a patient. It was captured using a new type of scan - known as dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) angiography - by Anders Persson, Director of the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization at Linköping University in Sweden. Other previous winners have included a photograph of a living human brain, a scanning electron micrograph of blood cells on a sticking plaster and an illustration evoking genetic engineering.
 
The deadline for submissions to the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards is 30 September 2014.
 
Wellcome Images is a leading image resource used by broadcasters, publishers and academics across the world. Contributors retain copyright, earn royalties and are fully acknowledged when their images are published or broadcast.
 
For more information about how to submit images to the collection, contact Sabrina Taner.
Information about previous winners is available on the Wellcome Image Awards website, along with a film clip that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the judging process. More information about the picture library and collection can be found on the Wellcome Images website.  
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