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"Hold Still" a portrait of our nation 2020

We are living in an unusual time, one that will become part of history. To capture this the National Portrait Gallery, supported by the Duchess of Cambridge have launched a community project to create unique photographic images to reflect this time. 

(The following is copied from the National Portrait Gallery Website)


The Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery invite you to submit your own photographic portrait, taken during these extraordinary times, which responds to one of the following themes:

  • Helpers and Heroes
  • Your New Normal
  • Acts of Kindness

One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a virtual exhibition on the Gallery’s website and a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year.

The project is completely free and open to all ages and abilities. Images must involve people, and can be captured on phones or cameras. Each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise. The closing date for submissions is the 18 June 2020.


If you do take part, make sure you keep safe and get permission from an adult before taking/sending a photograph. 


Other tasks: 

You may not want to enter the competition but you can still keep records of this important time. Diaries are a great way to keep a record of these times and will be something you can look back on.

Also, you might want to draw/paint a picture or make a collage to represent one of the topics above. 

Poetry is another creative way to explore feelings and experiences so could be how you decide to reflect one of these themes.