It's time to get snapping: Thames Lens Photography Competition now open

Our annual Thames Lens photography competition is now open for submissions inviting non-professional photographers to get down to the River Thames and capture unique shots of it.

The River Thames is London’s largest open space and central to the communities surrounding it. This year, the judges are looking for unique and interesting images that respond to the theme: River of Life, through which we hope to see the multitude of communities the river supports and is the centre of from ecological, spiritual, residential to commercial.

This year we are thrilled to be introducing an under 18s category to feature the perspectives of young Londoners. Enter your photograph to win some great prizes, including Afternoon Tea at The Petersham Hotel for two, a Family Ticket for the Thames Rockets Ultimate London Adventure, a space on the London Wetland Centre Wildlife Photography Course, online subscriptions to Outdoor Photography Magazine as well as the chance to be part of a group exhibition.

The competition judging panel consists of representatives from the Thames Festival Trust and Port of London Authority alongside highly regarded Photographer Henry Reichhold.

Please note: The deadline for submissions has been extended from Sunday 30 September to Friday 26th October.

  • “For 13 years Thames Lens has given amateur photographers the chance to get out and snap the beauty and diversity of our vibrant River Thames, and this year we want to see your photos depicting the theme ‘River of Life’ to reflect the vitality of the Thames in all of its forms. From the many people who play on it, to the wildlife that depend on it, to the communities that thrive beside it, to the culture that feeds off it, to the industry that relies on it, we want to see your photos of London’s lifeline!”
    Adrian Evans, Thames Festival Trust Director
  • “We love the Thames Lens competition and are really excited to see it launch for another year. The river inspires people in many different ways, offering photographers of every level such diverse sights, events and environments to capture. Reviewing the competition entries is one of the highlights of the year - we can’t wait to see this year’s pictures”
    Alistair Gale, Port of London Authority Director of Corporate Affairs

Find out how to enter the competition here

Check out last years winners

  • Westminster Pick A Boo by Mariana Otto
  • Bus on Waterloo Bridge by Jamie Squibb
  • Another Times View Across The Thames by Iggy Taveras
  • Golden Thames by Colin Page

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