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Hold Still

Hold Still

Hold Still

Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020, is an ambitious community project to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.

Whilst many people’s lives are on hold to help protect our helpers and heroes, there are some that are working harder than ever, and others that are enduring the upheaval of hardship and loss. Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the people of the UK at this time, creating a collective portrait of our nation which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness, human tragedy and hope as we hold still for the good of others, and celebrate those who have continued so we can stay safe.

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.

Don’t forget to share your images with us on social media #HoldStill2020

This project is being supported by international law firm
Taylor Wessing, long-time sponsor of the National Portrait Gallery.

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Schools are invited to take part in Hold Still. Teachers can submit their students' entries via the Schools Entry Form.

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Image credits: Grandparents and grandchildren visiting in isolation © Chris Page; Baby boy by Attia Khan; Nurse Aimée Goold after a 13-hour shift treating coronavirus patients © Aimée Goold; The School of Nature by Stacey Leanne Connell; Mary Seacole by Albert Charles Challen; Daddy is Home by Chu Yen Pasion; Lockdown and Carry On!