Kate Middleton is launching a lockdown photography project: Here’s how you can take part

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched a lockdown photography project that she hopes will help to capture “the spirit of the nation” during the coronavirus pandemic.

The project, titled “Hold Still” has been launched in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, of which the the duchess is a patron.

Catherine, whose amateur photography is frequently featured when Kensington Palace releases new photographs of the Cambridge family, expressed her wish that the images included in the project will reflect the “resilience, bravery and kindness” of the nation.

“We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country,” the duchess said, as the UK embarks on its seventh consecutive week of lockdown.

“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.”

The duchess said the Hold Still project “aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time”.

So how can you take part in the Hold Still lockdown photography project?

A page has been set up on the National Portrait Gallery website dedicated specifically to the Hold Still project.

On the page, the gallery explains that participants are asked to submit photographic portraits that fall into one of three categories:

  • Helpers and Heroes
  • Your New Normal
  • Acts of Kindness
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The deadline for submissions is Thursday June 2020.

The duchess will help to curate 100 shortlisted portraits that will be featured in a virtual exhibition for the National Portrait Gallery, while a selection of chosen photographs will also be displayed across the UK later in the year.

“The project is completely free and open to all ages and abilities,” the gallery stated.

“Images must involve people, and can be captured on phones or cameras.”

The gallery added that each picture “will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise”.

Participants are also encouraged to share their photographs on social media using the hashtag “#HoldStill2020”.


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