Kate Middleton praises ‘extraordinary’ submissions for her community photography project

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The Duchess of Cambridge revealed she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the public response to her community photography exhibit when she announced that the top 100 images had been officially chosen.

Kate Middleton, 38, joined a jury of five judges to select the best images from among 31,000 images submitted for the national competition.

The Duchess, who led the campaign, is a patron of the National Portrait Gallery and an avid amateur photographer, aims to capture a snapshot of the UK right now, with help from the nation.

Announcing that the top 100 images had been selected, the Duchess said: “I was so overwhelmed by the audience’s response to Hold Still, the quality of the images was extraordinary, and the touching character and the stories behind the images were overwhelming. was just as moving.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, joined a panel of five judges to select the top 100 images for her Hold Still photography competition

This is one of the photos selected by the Duchess of Cambridge before showcasing the last 100 images in a digital exhibition on September 14

This is one of the photos selected by the Duchess of Cambridge before showcasing the last 100 images in a digital exhibition on September 14

This is one of the photos selected by the Duchess of Cambridge before showcasing the last 100 images in a digital exhibition on September 14

This is one of the photos selected by the Duchess of Cambridge before showcasing the last 100 images in a digital exhibition on September 14

This is one of the photos selected by the Duchess of Cambridge before showcasing the last 100 images in a digital exhibition on September 14

This is one of the photos selected by the Duchess of Cambridge before showcasing the last 100 images in a digital exhibition on September 14

She continued, “So I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who came in and participated.

“And a big thank you to my fellow judges. I greatly appreciate the time and dedication they have shown to the project.

Meanwhile, a snapshot of the Duchess on a video call alongside the other judges was also shared.

Kate appeared relaxed on the call, where she joined Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery, Lemn Sissay MBE, writer and poet, Ruth May, head nurse for England and Maryam Wahid, photographer, to select the 100 best images submitted.

Kate Middleton, who is an avid amateur photographer, launched the community contest during the lockdown to capture the mood of the nation

Kate Middleton, who is an avid amateur photographer, launched the community contest during the lockdown to capture the mood of the nation

In the clip, the royal appeared stylish in a forest green top, which was adorned with black and white flowers.

The royal wore her hair in a relaxed side parting and opted for a set of dangling earrings for the occasion.

Meanwhile, Lemn said the experience was surprisingly moving, revealing: “I didn’t expect the judging process to be so emotional.

“By studying the portraits of this most public crisis, I have been drawn into the most private moments.

The news comes after the Duchess teased the last 100 portraits had been chosen with an email screenshot, which was posted on Twitter

The news comes after the Duchess teased the last 100 portraits had been chosen with an email screenshot, which was posted to Twitter

“A nation through the portrait. Intimacy and inspiration, bravery and hope, determination and love and loss and laughter…

“We’ve been in it together and in these portraits of struggles and private victories, the moments of calm, tears and laughter are filmed forever in Hold Still. “

She added that the portrait collection “made her proud to be British”, saying: “It made me proud of my fellow citizen. It reminded me of who we are and what we’ve been through. I didn’t really know until now.

It comes days after Kate used the initial of her first name Catherine to sign an email to the judges of her Hold Still portrait contest.

Throughout the pandemic, the Duchess has highlighted a selection of her favorite submissions, including one titled Rainbow

Throughout the pandemic, the Duchess has highlighted a selection of her favorite submissions, including one titled Rainbow

This animated image submitted to the project shows a hospital worker on the floor, desperate.  It's titled Heartbroken Hero

This animated image submitted to the project shows a hospital worker on the floor, desperate. It’s titled Heartbroken Hero

Speaking to Kensington Royal’s Twitter account, Kate shared an email teasing the last 100 photographs selected to be featured in the Hold Still exhibition – a campaign she led that aims to capture a snapshot of the UK at amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Next to the caption: “An email was sent yesterday… Eyes # HoldStill2020”, the content of the email read: “Dear Judges, I’m glad we picked the last 100 portraits. I thought you might like to see the images all together, so please find them as an attachment.

I couldn’t have done it without you so thank you very much for your help. VS. “

Throughout the lockdown, the Duchess has shared regular updates via Instagram, offering some of her favorite photos and explanations as to why they are having such an impact.

The relationship between a toddler and an elderly woman is captured in this image, `` Social Distancing

The relationship between a toddler and an elderly woman is captured in this image, “Social Distancing

The images included photos of exhausted healthcare workers and socially distant neighbors.

Other images submitted to Project Hold Still include one of a family dinner table where a little girl tries to sing Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen and another snap of children living next door to one of them. another playing musical instruments in front of their houses.

Kate has previously recounted how she was “struck” by the many “incredible” images already seen, “which gave us a glimpse into people’s experiences and stories – hopelessly sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic.”

People from all over the UK were invited to submit a portrait photograph they took during these extraordinary times for the community project.

Emergency service workers are celebrated in this image called Personalized PPE, taken from the back of an ambulance

Emergency service workers are celebrated in this image called Personalized PPE, taken from the back of an ambulance

Participants were also encouraged to provide a short written submission to describe the experiences and emotions of the people depicted in their photograph.

Hold Still was completely free, open to all ages and abilities, with an exhibit focused on three main themes: “Helpers and Heroes”, “Your New Normal” and “Acts of Kindness”.

The idea was to create a unique photographic portrait of the people of our locked-out nation as we “stand still” for the sake of others, and to celebrate those who continued so that we could stay safe.

The exhibit will reflect resilience and bravery, humor and sadness, creativity and kindness, as well as human tragedy and hope.

Hold Still will also act as a reminder of the importance of human connection in times of adversity, and that although we are physically separate, as a community and nation, we have all faced and met the challenge together.

The top 100 photographs will be exhibited online starting September 14, with selected images shown in cities across the country later in the year.

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