Judging Panel

Submissions entered into the IMI Competition Awards are shortlisted and then the winners are chosen by a panel of judges. The judges for the 2021 IMI Awards are listed below.


The photography panel are:

Robert MacMillan MIMI

I started my career in Photography by working for Strathclyde Police as a Crime Prevention Photographer, where I developed skills in Macro Photography.

Whilst with the 15th Battalion, Fire Support Company and the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, I worked as a full time Photographer for the Armed Forces.

I left the forces and became a trainee clinical photographer, and worked in Glasgow, Birmingham.

After this, I moved to Australia, where I worked for Queensland Police Service.

I have been a Clinical Photographer for over 20 years, where I have developed my career in both Clinical and Ophthalmic Photography; this has allowed me to work across the British Isles, and as far afield as Australia and Norfolk Island in the South Pacific where I worked as an Ophthalmic Photographer for a Research Team.

Throughout my career I have been registered and an active member of BIPP, OIA, AIMBI, IMI and the Accredited Register of Medical Illustrators as part of the Academy for Healthcare Science.

I am currently the Clinical Photography Manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham that is part of University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust, where I manage a team of 10 Clinical Photographers across four hospital sites.

Katie Owen BA Hons, MIMI

I’ve always loved photography and started practicing at an early age. I graduated with a BA Hons in Photography in Design and started my career at Venture Photography. This was a high pressure, fast-paced environment that gave me a wealth of experience and skill. Venture taught me technical and creative skills but most importantly, it taught me how to connect with people.

I became interested in clinical photography through my best friend Emily Wells. Her experience of the profession fascinated me. With Emily’s support I volunteered to work at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. This experience gave me the opportunity to become a trainee clinical photographer at Birmingham Dental Hospital. I developed my knowledge through the PGCerts in Clinical Photography course where I gained a distinction.

In 2013 I was awarded student of the year. Since then I’ve worked hard to develop my craft and achieved awards for my work every year since. In 2016 I became a senior clinical photographer and have trained 3 clinical photographers – one of which was awarded student of the year in 2016.

It gives me great pleasure to help my team learn and develop as clinical photographers.

I now support IMI as Web lead and enjoy all the challenges and opportunities it provides.

Paul Crompton MA, Hon FIMI, FBCA

Having studied photography at Blackpool, I began my professional career at the University Hospital of Wales. After several years in Cardiff, and having developed interest the wider applications of photography, I took a role teaching photography in Cheshire. After nine enjoyable years working with students, and with the digital revolution on the horizon, I returned to the University Hospital of Wales as Head of Photography and later went on to be Head of Medical Illustration.

Throughout my career I have received a number of awards for clinical and ophthalmic photography, including IMI Gold Awards and I have been a judge on a number of occasions. I am also a judge for the BioCommunications Association salon and was one of the judges for the recent Images from Science 3 exhibition in the USA.

Although now retired from clinical photography practice, I continue to work as a photographer and digital story producer, supporting two projects in Africa, the outputs from which have been exhibited in the UK and Namibia.

Simon Brown, MSc, FIMI, Hon.FIMI, FBCA

Medical photographer since the late 1970s, past IMI Chairman and involved in training and education since the 1990s. Now a freelance medical illustrator and consultant, providing clinical photography and video as well as design and type. Professional co-ordinator for the Staffordshire University Graduate and Postgraduate courses in Clinical Photography and External Examiner for the Cardiff University PgC in Clinical Photography.


The graphic panel are:

Carol Fleming BSc, FIMI, HonFIMI

I have been involved in Medical Illustration for more than 44 years and was Head of Medical Illustration at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust until retirement in 2018 where I managed a team of 12 medical illustrators including a very successful Graphics section which was established in 1990.

I also managed Interpreting Services including BSL and was the lead for Patient Information within the organisation. Until retirement I was an active member of the Patient Information Forum.

There is so much clinical information available to patients and I am a passionate advocate for good, accessible, patient communication and believe that it supports an improved healthcare experience for patients and carers enabling them to make informed choices about their health and treatment.

I am equally passionate in believing that medical illustrators are a key element of that process and good patient communication design can have a positive effect on patient’s understanding and wellbeing.

Jane Fallows, FIMI, Phil (RCA)


I am an experienced Medical Illustrator with a well documented history of working in medical illustration and graphic design within both the NHS and medical book publishing industry.

During my previous 23 years as a member of IMI, I was an education/marketing team member, graphics lead, and Awards coordinator. I also had roles in the BSc (GCU) and Graduate and Postgraduate Certificates (Staffs) courses, and acted as external examiner for Staffs and Cardiff Universities. For 11 years during this period I also worked in, then ran/owned the family deli/café/bar before finally selling it in 2018 having taken too much intermittent time out in South Africa trying to be a junior shark scientist.

I am now back and based in rural Shropshire continuing with my freelance medical illustration work, and involved in several small businesses.

Derek Winckles

I have had a career in design work spanning 35 years, running several screen-printing businesses, and producing design solutions for a variety of clients. Finally joining the NHS in 2000 as the Graphics Manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which is part of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. I have won a couple of IMI Awards in the past and most recently won the rebranding competitions for my own Trust and IMI.


The video panel are:

Roger Hickinbotham MIMI

Qualified as medical photographer 1973. Worked as medical photographer at Leicester Royal Infirmary becoming Acting Head of Department in 1983. Moved to Health Education Video Unit as Assistant Director 1984, Deputy Director 1991 and Head of Unit 1996. Serve on IMI Council, number of committees, Viscomm editorial panel and chaired 3 IMI Conferences. Long term active member of HeSCA becoming President 1999-2000. Retired 2008.

Jon Shears MA

I work as Senior Visual Production Officer at Loughborough University, managing the in-house video production team and photographer and producing videos to support and promote the University’s teaching and research. I’ve worked in video production since the 1980s, as a freelancer, as a director of a production company and for more than 20 years as

a video producer at the University of Leicester. I’m passionate about the value of video as a unique tool for rich and engaging education and story-telling.

Anthony Edwards MA FIMI

I started out studying animation before going on to do a degree in Fine Art Printmaking. I went to complete a Masters in Film Production and worked in the film industry for a number of years before discovering medical illustration in 2004. I have been employed as the senior clinical photographer at St James’s Hospital, Dublin since and continue to have a keen interest in all aspects of photography, video and design in healthcare.


The ophthalmology panel are:

Kim Baxter MIMI

Kim has been a Clinical Photographer in Cambridge since completing her Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Illustration, and has a specialist interest in ophthalmic photography. She has contributed to the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, the Wellcome Imaging Awards and the Royal Photographic Society scientific exhibition. Kim is the current IMI England representative.

Christopher Tetley BSc, MIMI

I began my career in Medical Illustration in 1996 when I joined Cardiff Media Resources Centre as a Photographic Technician, I gained a position as a MTO2 basic grade medical Photographer in 2001 and completed the BIPP qualifying exam in Medical Photography. In 2003 I completed the Glasgow Caledonian BSc in Medical Photography where Stephen Young and I conducted research into camera equipment, lenses and filters necessary for the digital capture of Ultra Violet and Infra-Red imagery resulting in several papers in JVISCOM and presentations both in the UK and abroad. In 2008 I achieved the position of Senior Clinical Photographer Ophthalmology and completed the Staffordshire PGc. Bringing things up to date I became the Head of Photography for Cardiff and Vale Medical Illustration in 2018.