The Lennart Nilsson Award Foundation was established in 1998 in recognition of the world-renowned Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson and his extraordinary body of work. Its main aim is to promote education, training and research within the medical, biological and engineering sciences through the use of images. This is achieved through the Lennart Nilsson Award, an international award bestowed annually upon an individual in recognition of outstanding contributions within the realm of scientific photography. Award recipients are people who work in the spirit of Lennart Nilsson, revealing science to the world in beautiful, unique and powerful ways.
Extract from the Appeal, 1998
Lennart Nilsson has long enjoyed a worldwide reputation. He has won prizes for his unique contributions at the interface of photography and research, itself a science. Lennart has recently reached the age of 75, but is as active in his quest for knowledge today as he has always been. His work is a model and inspiration to all those engaged in visual representation of the sciences of medicine, biology and technology. A foundation, The Lennat Nilsson Award, is therefore being formed for the purpose of promoting research and technical development in these fields
Born in Strängas, Sweden, on August 24, 1922, Lennart Nilsson began his career as a freelance photojournalist. His work spans more than seven decades, beginning in the early 1940s when modern photojournalism made its breakthrough in Sweden.
When the Federation of Technical and Medical Photographers (FTMF) of Sweden bestowed in 1997 its lifetime achievement award upon Lennart Nilsson, an idea was born. The idea: To establish an annual award that recognizes the achievements of individuals whose work reflects Nilsson’s own by revealing science to the world through imagery.