After launching in May, the final 100 pictures for the ‘Hold Still’ exhibition have been announced by The Duchess of Cambridge. The campaign saw over 31,000 submissions, with the Countess of Wessex contributing her own photograph.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is a keen photographer, launched the project with the sole aim to show life within the UK whilst the country was on lockdown. Catherine partnered with the National Portrait Gallery, of which she is Patron, for the campaign.
The Duchess of Cambridge was joined by Nicholas Cullinan (the director of the National Portrait Gallery); Lemn Sissay (writer and poet); Ruth May (the chief nursing officer for England) and the photographer Maryam Wahid for the judging panel.
Her Majesty has shared her own message, posted on social media channels alongside the chosen portraits.
“It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to look through a number of the portraits that made the final 100 images for the Hold Still photography project.”
“The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.”
“The Duchess of Cambridge and I send our best wishes and congratulations to all those who submitted a portrait to the project.”
The final 100 photographs include people meeting and spending time with family, whilst socially distancing themselves. A portrait of Sir Captain Tom Moore, the war veteran who raised money for charity leading up to his 100th birthday is also featured in the selection of photos.
The photos also show workers who are on the frontline, dealing with the long hours spent at work and away from families, as well as images from Black Lives Matter protests across the country. All photographs chosen for the final 100 explore three themes: Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness.
All 100 photographs can be found on the National Portrait Gallery’s website.
Which photograph is your favourite from the final 100?