The Duchess Of Cambridge Reveals Results Of Powerful Pandemic Community Project

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The Duchess Of Cambridge Reveals Results Of Powerful Pandemic Community Project

Over 31,000 people submitted their photographs and the results are quite staggering.

Launched in May 2020, The Duchess of Cambridge, who is the Patron of the National Portrait Gallery launched a photography project called 'Hold Still'.

The initiative invited people of all ages to submit a photographic portrait, taken in a six-week period during May and June, focusing on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal, and Acts of Kindness.

The winning photo portraits have been chosen and they are quite amazing. Over 31,000 submissions were received from across the United Kingdom, with entrants ranging from 4 to 75 years-old. From these, a panel of judges selected 100 portraits, assessing the images on the emotions and experiences they conveyed.

The judges were: The Duchess of Cambridge, National Portrait Gallery Director Nicholas Cullinan, the author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, the Chief Nursing Officer for England Ruth May, and award-winning photographer Maryam Wahid.

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1305458119909289984

We are currently living in unprecedented times and these images really strike a chord.

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1305023729710358529

The Queen sent out a message to the country, congratulating those who participated.

https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1305389279477145600

In my opinion, Hold Still catches something so real that a lot of people experienced during the lockdown.

"The images present a unique record of our shared and individual experiences during this extraordinary period of history, conveying humor and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope."

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1305476819580334080

Head to the official Hold Still website to see all the images.

https://twitter.com/KaylaAdams___/status/1305280765232664581

https://twitter.com/nina_photog/status/1305448664605876225

https://twitter.com/KaylaAdams___/status/1305534820181655554

https://twitter.com/EvelinaLondon/status/1305470871004418051

Cover image credit: Northern Ireland Office / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

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