WELLCOME PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE 2021: Morteza Niknahad & Hashem Shakeri
The winners of the prestigious competition have been announced.
Tasked with telling visual stories around themes of mental health, fighting infections and climate change, entrants to the Wellcome Photography Prize produced more than 10,000 images from around the globe, with the two top awards – and £10,000 prize money – going to photographers
from the UK and Indonesia.
Managing Mental Health (series)
The Big Fish by Morteza Niknahad
The photos in these categories share unique insights into what it’s like to live with depression, anxiety and other such problems. They also show us some of the ways that people, individually and with their communities, are managing their conditions and keeping their lives on course. The category winner is ‘The Big Fish’ by Morteza Niknahad, an Iranian visual artist. “In this project I talked about my mother and a family secret. It was a difficult decision, but I am happy because with the project I helped my mother.”
Health in a Heating World (series)
An Elegy for the death of Hamun by Hashem Shakeri
The photos in these categories show how our rapidly changing climate brings a host of threats to human health, as well as what people do to keep their families healthy in newly dangerous environments. The category winner is ‘An Elegy for the Death of Hamun’ by Hashem Shakeri, an artist, photographer and film maker based in Tehran. “I hope that the attention of the media, ceremonies and awards to the issue of climate change and seeing and publishing photos in this regard will cause a practical change in order to improve the environment and climate change issues. This kind of support gives me, as a freelance photographer, the opportunity to continue my artistic activity and following the path that is my concern.”
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