Kate Middleton’s favourite photo contest entries including a toddler’s lockdown haircut & realities of working from home


KATE Middleton has unveiled some of her favourite images that have been submitted to her community photography project. 

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery to launch Hold Still, which documents how people have coped during lockdown. 

Kate Middleton has revealed her favourite images submitted to her Hold Still photographic project with London’s National Portrait Gallery

The project aims to capture the “spirit, mood, hopes and fears” of the nation through photography. 

The Kensington Palace Instagram page revealed some of the impressive entries so far, including a family celebrating a grandma’s birthday and two hospital workers in PPE. 

The lockdown life collection ranges in tone from the heartbreaking to the light-hearted, and the categories are Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness.

Kate, 38, who is heading up the project, is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery, and is a keen amateur photographer herself. 

Many parents can probably relate to this home shot, which is called ‘Topsy turvy and home hair’

The title of this image of two keyworkers in hugging in full PPE is ‘Together we will get through this’

A poignant photo of a toddler with his self-isolating grandma is called ‘Glass Kisses’

Another shot, ‘Helpers and Heroes’ shows a vulnerable person being supported during the pandemic

A choatic household scene called ‘Working from home’ is certainly relatable for many families during lockdown

She is seeking to capture the UK during the pandemic, and will select 100 photographs to go on display at London’s National Portrait Gallery. 

Kate revealed last week she has been “struck” by the “incredible” entries already submitted. 

The duchess said that they have “given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people – some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic”.

Kate said she has been ‘struck’ by the images, which include this newborn baby being cradled by a hospital worker, which has the caption ‘Life Goes On’

‘Happy Birthday Granny’ showing a virtual party also made Kate’s favourite of the batch so far

Social distancing outside a fish shop was highly commended, and had the title ‘Your New Normal’

Hopefuls have to submit a portrait taken during the coronavirus lockdown, and then write a short submission to share the emotions of those depicted in the shot. 

The exhibition is free to enter, and all ages and abilities have been welcomed to apply. 

Kate said: “We’ve all been struck by the incredible images which have given us an insight into the stories of people.

The heartwarming shot ‘Daddy is home’, shows a man embracing his delighted child through a car window

The ‘Stockport Spider-Men bringing smiles to children in lockdown’ was also featured in the powerful batch

A smiling young girl holds a Union Jack in an image called ‘VE day celebration during lockdown’

“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic.

“And there are uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support the vulnerable.”

Organisers said the photos will be judged on the emotion and experience rather than technical expertise.

To submit an image visit www.npg.org.uk before June 18.

A woman smiles as her son clambers on her back during working hours, in ‘My New Normal’

People celebrate a man’s 70th milestone at a social distance in ‘Lockdown Birthdays’

We shared how the Queen, Kate Middleton and Prince William lead heartwarming royal tribute to hero nurses on coronavirus frontline.

And we got a rare glimpse inside Kate Middleton’s childhood home with perfectly-manicured lawns and family photos on display during lockdown video.


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