Wellcome Image Awards 2017

March this year saw 22 of the world’s most incredible science images go on display at SANTHE'S Lead Institute - the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) - in Durban, South Africa.

The Wellcome Image Awards 2017 showcase the best in science image making, and include a broad range of cutting-edge artistic and scientific techniques. 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.

Now in their 20th year, the Awards recognise the creators of informative, striking and technically excellent images that communicate significant aspects of healthcare and biomedical science. 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 images will be shown at exhibitions held across the UK, Russia, South Africa and online.

The Wellcome Image Awards were established in 1997 to reward contributors to the Wellcome Images collection for their outstanding work. Over the past 20 years as science and technology has progressed, the awards have embraced new styles and pushed the boundaries of science image making.

The 22 winning images, shown in this album, were chosen by nine judges from all those acquired by the Wellcome Images picture library in the past year.