Photography Competition - Physiology in our time

The Society has long documented our Members, their labs, and their universities through the eye of the camera lens. Our current photography archive, housed in the Wellcome Collection, draws heavily on the extensive collection of portraits of Members taken by Harold Lewis and, more recently, by Martin Rosenberg, as well as labs and Society meetings. These fine images capture moments in time and showcase how our departments, workspaces, equipment, meetings and Members have changed over the years.

Taking inspiration from our archived images, we are invited you to add to this outstanding collection and record present day physiologists in their working environment in our photography competition 'Physiology in our time'. 

Our digitally available archived images can be accessed through the Wellcome Image Library with the search reference SA/PHY.

To view a collection of our more recent photographs taken by Martin Rosenberg visit our Facebook page: 


1st Prize£300
2nd Prize£100
3rd Prize£50

How to enter 

The deadline for this competition has now passed. 


The judging panel will be made up of Members of The Physiological Society History and Archives Committee, and photography professionals. 

Terms & Conditions 

  1. The competition is open to both UK and international participants.

  2. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.

  3. Entries should be submitted online via our web form.

  4. Photos can be submitted in the format of a photo essay with accompanying text, or as a single photograph with accompanying text.  Entries must include a descriptive caption (200 words max). The caption will be taken into account in the judging process.

  5. Photo essays should be submitted as a PDF; with the individual high resolution photos submitted in the web form. Please ensure that your photos are of high resolution. Files names should be in the format of Name_Location_Year  e.g. AVHill_University College London_1923.

  6. Monochrome and colour images will be accepted.

  7. Photos do not have to be taken specifically for the competition, and images of the past will be accepted, however please ensure you have the permissions of anyone in the photo.

  8. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

  9. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure the images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third part or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it. A model release form can be found here.  

  10. Copyright in all images submitted for the competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the competition, each entrant grants The Physiological Society permission to feature any of all of the submitted images in any of our online and print publications, on our website and/or in any promotional material and allow the photographs to be included in The Physiological Society’s historical archive collection.  The entrant releases the photos under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license, unless otherwise clearly stated. This licence means that other people can reuse your photo for non-commercial purposes if they give you credit as the person who created the photo/image. 

  11. Multiple entries per person are allowed.

  12. The winning entry will be that that is judged to provide the best narrative for current physiology research, researchers and departments. Photos will be judged on their aesthetics and originally and the story told with the accompanying caption.