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.
We are currently living in unprecedented times and these images really strike a chord.
The Queen sent out a message to the country, congratulating those who participated.
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."
Head to the official Hold Still website to see all the images.
Cover image credit: Northern Ireland Office / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)