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Hold Still : The Results

Back in May we told you about a community project, Hold Still, supported by the Duchess of Cambridge which invited you to take a snapshot of life in 2020 and during lockdown. The results have now been published and provide a fascinating insight into what has been, for all of us, one of the strangest years in history.

 A selection panel, including The Duchess of Cambridge, National Portrait Gallery Director Nicholas Cullinan, the author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, the Chief Nursing Officer for England Ruth May, and award-winning photographer Maryam Wahid, met via a video call in July 2020 and undertook the challenging process of selecting 100 portraits for the exhibition. See highlights from the judging session and read insights from the panel about their experience HERE

The Duchess of Cambridge said, “I’ve been so overwhelmed by the public’s response to Hold Still, the quality of the images has been extraordinary, and the poignancy and the stories behind the images have been equally as moving as well. So I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has entered and taken part. And a big thank you to my fellow judges. I hugely appreciate the time and dedication that they have shown towards the project.”

Have a look at the final gallery of pictures which sums up perfectly the mood of the nation… HOLD STILL and the accompanying film

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