THESE poignant and intensely personal images are among the winners and finalists in the Wellcome Photography Prize 2021, run by health research foundation Wellcome.
The competition focuses on three of the most urgent global health challenges: mental health, global warming and infectious disease. There are two top prizes, one for a single image and one for an image series.
Above is The Time of Coronavirus by finalist Aly Song. Taken in April 2020, volunteers are disinfecting Qintai Grand Theatre in Wuhan, China, the city where covid-19 cases were first detected.
Next, is a shot from Yoppy Pieter, winner of the image series prize, called Trans Woman: Between colour and voice. It shows one aspect of life for transgender women in Indonesia, with Lilis (centre), a trans woman, being tested for HIV in South Tangerang. It can be difficult for trans women in the country to access healthcare without official documents.
Below is Climate Cost by finalist Zakir Hossain Chowdhury. The devastating image was taken three months after Cyclone Amphan struck Bangladesh in May 2020. The cyclone is estimated to have left half a million people homeless.
The final image, at bottom right, is Untangling by Jameisha Prescod, winner of the single image prize. It illustrates her isolation through a photo taken in her bedroom during lockdown. She turned to knitting to ease her mind, she says.
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