11 June 2020

Kate Middleton urges people to take part in ‘moments in lockdown’ photography project

The Duchess of Cambridge has once again urged people to get involved in the lockdown photography project she created with the National Portrait Gallery.

She released a video on social media today explaining she wanted to capture how the country pulled together during the pandemic through the project ’Hold Still’.

She said: “There have been so many amazing entries to Hold Still over the last few weeks.

“From families up and down the country showing how they are adapting to life during lockdown, through to some of the most amazing NHS and social care staff who are putting their lives on the line to save the lives of others. 

“But it isn’t too late to take part. So please take a moment to capture what life is like for you, because together I hope that we can build a lasting illustration of just how our country pulled together during the pandemic.

"I can't wait to share the final 100 images with you."

In the video, she also held up a few of her favourite pictures submitted so far.

One shows a little girl singing Frozen’s classic song ’Let it Go’ as her family tries to work. And another shows a young girl playing noughts and crosses with her grandmother through a window as social distancing remains in place.

Kate Middleton shows one of her favourite pictures so far (Instagram: Kensington Royal)

The submission of photos began on May 8 and people have until June 18 at 6pm BST to hand in their lockdown shot. The project is free to enter and is open to all ages.

So far over 12,000 entries have been filed and these will be whittled down to 100 to be shown in a digital gallery with the National Portrait Gallery.

And Kensington Palace said of the project: “Each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise."

If you would like to submit an entry click here.

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