It received tens of thousands of entries when the UK was in the grips of the first lockdown – and thanks to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, it’s still bringing a little light into people’s lives in dark times.
As the UK grapples with a second wave of coronavirus infections and faces a bleak festive season, the duchess’ Hold Still community exhibition continues to be rolled out across the country in towns and cities.
The exhibition features photos from the finalists of the competition, which highlights people’s experiences of life during lockdown.
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Last week the Hold Still community exhibition arrived in towns and cities across the UK. Since then, we have seen so many photos of the portraits across the country, and wanted to share some of those touching images. With your help, we are going to continue to highlight people’s experience of life during lockdown. If you see a Hold Still billboard, poster or digital screen - take a photo, tag us and share with #HoldStill2020 - and we will feature some of our favourites at the end of the week!
Sharing a number of the images from the project on her and husband Prince William’s official Instagram account, Kate wrote, “With your help, we’re going to continue to highlight people’s experience of life during lockdown.
“If you see a Hold Still billboard, poster or digital screen – take a photo, tag us and share with #HoldStill2020 – and we’ll feature some of our favourites at the end of the week!”
The photography project was launched in May in collaboration with Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is a patron, and aimed to capture “the spirit of the nation” during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Today The Duchess of Cambridge launches a community photography project spearheaded by you! In collaboration with the @NationalPortraitGallery, we are asking you to help capture the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the UK as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak. Completely free and open to all ages and abilities, Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of lockdown which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope. One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a gallery without walls – a one of a kind digital exhibition open to all this August. The images can be captured on phones or cameras and each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise. Submit your images through the link in bio and share your portraits on Instagram by tagging @KensingtonRoyal #HoldStill2020 to be in with a chance to be featured on our channel throughout the project. #StayAtHome
It proved to be a huge success, receiving more than 30 000 submissions that focused on three core themes – helpers and heroes, your new normal and acts of kindness.
In a video call recently with her fellow judges, the duchess said she was overwhelmed by the response. “The quality of the images has been extraordinary, and the poignancy and the stories behind the images have been equally as moving as well.”Joining her on the judging panel were England’s chief nursing officer, Ruth May; director of the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan; writer and poet Lemn Sissay; and photographer Maryam Wahid.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, independent.co.uk, Instagram