This is how to to enter Kate’s new Hold Still photography competition

It’s no secret that the Duchess of Cambridge has a passion for photography, regularly picking up the camera to capture beautiful portraits of her children. Most recently we’ve seen wonderful snaps of Charlotte and George, taken by Kate to mark their birthdays.

And now the royal wants to inspire the nation to get creative with their cameras too, with the launch of a community photography project that aims to capture the mood, hopes and fears of British people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dubbed Hold Still, the contest has been launched in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, of which Catherine is a patron, and invites people from all across the UK to submit a photographic portrait that fits into one of three themes: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness.

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Today The Duchess of Cambridge launches a community photography project spearheaded by you! In collaboration with the @NationalPortraitGallery, we are asking you to help capture the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the UK as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak. Completely free and open to all ages and abilities, Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of lockdown which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope. One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a gallery without walls – a one of a kind digital exhibition open to all this August. The images can be captured on phones or cameras and each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise. Submit your images through the link in bio and share your portraits on Instagram by tagging @KensingtonRoyal #HoldStill2020 to be in with a chance to be featured on our channel throughout the project. #StayAtHome

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Speaking about the initiative, Kate said, ‘We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country. Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.

Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, the spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time. Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery, kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.’

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News of the contest was announced via the @kensingtonroyal Instagram page: ‘Today The Duchess of Cambridge launches a community photography project spearheaded by you!’

The palace went on to explain that Hold Still is ‘Completely free and open to all ages and abilities,’ adding that, ‘Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of lockdown which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, and human tragedy and hope.

‘The images can be captured on phones or cameras and each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise.’

Budding photographers wishing to enter the competition are encouraged to accompany their submission with a short written description. Entries can be submitted here from now until the closing date on 18 June. A shortlist of 100 of the best portraits will be selected to feature in a digital exhibition in August and a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year.

Get snapping!