The Wellcome Photography Prize 2021 has recently announced the winners and finalists of this year's contest. Announced in a YouTube Live event on 28 July, Jameisha Prescod and Yoppy Pieter were both announced as the winners, with Prescod taking home the single image prize for her photograph 'Untangling' and Pieter winning the series image prize for his series 'Trans Woman: Between Color and Voice'.
Both photographers received a prize of £10,000, plus an additional £1,000 for their category win. Meanwhile, four other category finalists, each winning £1,000, were also announced as well.
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The Wellcome Photography Prize is currently in its third year and is designed to bring stories about the health challenges of our time to light. The 2021 prize covers three topics of interest that "reflect Wellcome's three worldwide health challenge areas – mental health, global heating and infectious disease".
Jameisha Prescod won the single image prize and the Managing Mental Health single image category for her photograph 'Untangling'. As a London-based filmmaker and journalist, Prescod's work focuses on "exploring the social and cultural intersections of the chronic illness experience".
Her winning image is a self-portrait that shows how the forced isolation of lockdown exacerbated her depression and confined her to her room. "It's where I work a full-time job, eat, sleep, catch up with friends and most importantly cry," she says. In order to help find a sense of escape, Prescod turned to knitting, which helped to put "everything else on pause" for a while.
Meanwhile, Yoppy Pieter won the series image prize and the Fighting Infections series category for 'Trans Woman: Between Color and Voice'. Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Pieter's series shows the different obstacles that trans women face in the country. Between difficulty gaining employment to being able to access healthcare, Pieter's series shows how their difficulties have been made harder by the impact of the pandemic.
For more information on the prize, visit the official Wellcome website. In the meantime, check out some of the winning and finalist images below.