‘Together we can build a lasting illustration of how our country pulled together’: Kate Middleton praises ‘amazing’ submissions for her community photography project as she makes a final call for entries
- Kate Middleton, 38, appeared in video message to encourage the nation to participate in Hold Still
- Photographic project was launched by the Duchess in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery
- She called on the final submissions to be made before the deadline for entries at 6pm tomorrow
- The entries so far include the likes of sleeping nurses, shielding elderly and chaotic family scenes
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
The Duchess of Cambridge urged people to enter her nationwide photography project before the deadline tomorrow evening.
In a new video shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram account this morning, Kate, 38, called for more submissions to be made that capture the nation in lockdown.
Kate, who spearheaded the campaign, is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery and a keen amateur photographer, aims to capture a snapshot of the UK at this time, with the help of the nation.
The Duchess will personally curate 100 photographs for the Hold Still exhibition, which will be made available for free online.
Over the last few weeks the Duchess has shared regular updates via Instagram, offering up some of her favourite shots and explanations on why they make such an impact.
In a new video shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram account this morning, pictured, Kate, 38, called for more submissions to be made that capture the nation in lockdown
Hold Still aims to create a collective portrait of lockdown in the UK, capturing the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as the coronavirus outbreak continues. Pictured, ‘We are the Future’ by Daisy Valencia, which was featured by the Duchess in today’s video
The Duchess of Cambridge also provided details of how people can enter the project on her Instagram account, pictured
Last week she showcased print-out versions of some of her favourite photos, including one of a six-year-old girl playing noughts and crosses with an elderly relative on a window pane.
Other images submitted to the Hold Still project include one of a family dinner table where a little girl is trying to sing Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen and another snap of children living next-door to each other playing musical instruments in front of their houses.
The final image chosen by Kate is one of a hospital worker dressed in full PPE titled ‘the man behind the mask’. She encouraged viewers not to forget the human sacrifice of the frontline NHS staff in the fight against COVID-19.
Kate previously told how she had been ‘struck’ by the many ‘incredible’ images seen already, ‘which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people – some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic’.
People from across the UK are invited to submit a photographic portrait which they have taken during these extraordinary times for the community project.
The Duchess of Cambridge today highlighted a selection of her favourite submissions, including this one titled Rainbow
This moving image submitted to the project shows a hospital worker on the floor in despair. It’s titled Heartbroken Hero
The relationship between a toddler and an elderly woman is captured in this image, ‘Social distancing’
Participants are also encouraged to provide a short written submission to outline the experiences and emotions of those depicted in their photograph.
Hold Still is completely free, open to all ages and abilities, and will focus on three core themes – ‘Helpers and Heroes’, ‘Your New Normal’ and ‘Acts of Kindness’.
The idea is to create a unique photographic portrait of the people of our nation in lockdown as we ‘hold still’ for the good of others, and celebrate those who have continued so we can stay safe.
It will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope.
Hold Still will also act as a reminder of the significance of human connection in times of adversity, and that although we were physically apart, as a community and nation, we all faced and rose to the challenge together.
Kate Middleton, 38, showcases print-out versions of some of her favourite photos in a Kensington Palace video shared last week, including one of a six-year-old girl playing noughts and crosses with an elderly relative on a window pane (left). She also chose this one of a hectic household, with a little girl singing Frozen’s Let It Go as her family tries to work (right)
The images revealed the reality of life for many amid the coronavirus lockdown – including ‘band practise at a distance’ by Becky Wickes. The Duchess loved this image for the way it communicates a sense of ‘community’ spirit
The Duchess of Cambridge has celebrated the ‘amazing’ entries to her photographic project ‘Hold Still’, documenting life under lockdown. Pictured: ‘Working from home’ by Roseangela Borgese, features a working dad with his back to the camera while in the foreground a toddler lies sprawled on the ground surrounded by toys
‘Sleeping Colleagues Unmasked’ by Jane Roe shows two nurses, wearing intensive care branded uniforms, asleep on a sofa after a tiring day working on the frontline
Another entry, ‘Glass Kisses’ by Steph James, shows a shielding elderly lady sending a kiss to her loved one from behind a window. Elderly and extremely vulnerable people have been ‘shielding’ from coronavirus for the last three months, meaning interactions between family members have taken on unconventional means
In another poignant entry, ‘Biba Behind Glass’ by Simon Murphy, a girl can be seen with her face behind a pane of glass as she keeps herself safe from the deadly virus
The heartwarming entry ‘Life Goes On’ by Matthew Williams shows a nurse in protective equipment, holding a newborn baby that has just been welcomed into the world
A schoolgirl flashes a beautiful smile as she holds up a drawing of the Union Jack in a photo titled ‘VE celebration during lockdown’ by Vanita Bhuva