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Hold Still showcases photographic portraits, captured by people of all ages during lockdown, throughout May and June across the United Kingdom.
Hold Still invited people of all ages from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait, which they had taken during lockdown, in a six-week period during May and June.
A panel of judges, including the Duchess of Cambridge and National Portrait Gallery Director, Nicholas Cullinan, selected the final 100 portraits from 31,598 submissions.
Focusing on three core themes – Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness – the images selected present a unique record of our shared and individual experiences during this extraordinary period of history, conveying humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope.
Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still is an ambitious community project, launched in May 2020, to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during lockdown.
The final selection of portraits, unveiled in a digital exhibition in September, will be exhibited for a period of four weeks on billboard and poster sites across the country, including at bus stops, in high streets and outside train stations. They may also be viewed via the online exhibition here.
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