Snaps Ahoy! Thames Lens 2018 winners have been announced
We received hundreds of entries into our 14th annual Thames Lens photography competition, where we asked budding photographers and Instagrammers to respond to the theme River of Life to celebrate the vibrancy and personality of the Thames in our lives.
We sat down with the Port of London Authority and photographer Henry Reichhold, and after hours of judging between streams of stunning photography, we arrived at our winners across the main Photography, Instagram, and Under 18 categories.
Winning photos include a sunbathing seal basking on the Thames foreshore, a misty bridge scene, a leisurely cruise and more…
Thames Lens 2018 Overall Winner
Thames Seal and Thames Clipper, Bill Green
The photographer's perspective:With the theme in mind I went down to Blackwall Point hoping to capture some of the numerous birds that gather there at low tide, and maybe, just maybe a seal, I knew it was possible. As I approached the numerous birds flew away including the herons, however there it was, a lone seal resting in the morning sun. I moved slowly so it did not see me as a threat and gradually tried to get as close as I could without alarming it, or putting myself in danger.
Here the juxtaposition of unusual and relatively new wildlife, transportation, construction, new apartments and business spaces presents a compelling view of life on the River Thames.
Thames Lens 2018 Port of London Authority Highly Commended
Greenwich Dusk, David Nicholls
The photographer's perspective: The riverside area in Greenwich by the Cutty Sark often teems with life at dusk as couples, photographers and people just out for a walk admire the dying embers of the sunset over the Thames.
Thames Lens 2018 Instagram Winner
High Tide at Rotherhithe, Anna Borzello
The photographer's perspective:This stretch of river always has a scattering of couples eating lunchtime sandwiches and secondary school children dangling their legs over the parapet wall. Now a place to relax; once a breaker's yards for vessels that fought in the Napoleonic wars. I stood there for half an hour taking dozens of photos while my kids climbed in a statue.
Thames Lens 2018 Henry Reichhold Instagram Commended
Rowers in the Mist, Rodger Smith
The photographer's perspective: I wanted to capture the side of rowing that most people never get to see. The early mornings and the late night finishes, no matter what the weather. The commitment these athletes have to their sport is something truly exceptional. Trust me, I know, I’m married to a rower.
Thames Lens 2018 Under 18 Joint Winner
Weaker Thames Bridge, Adam Matthews, age 12
The photographer's perspective: I wanted this photo to be unique for the competition. I was in London anyway, but wanted to make a change and make people remember that the Thames isn't just in central London, but continues to the west. I wanted to make sure that I had also had a bit of contrast on the bridge, with the many different vehicles upon Hammersmith Bridge.
Thames Lens 2018 Under 18 Joint Winner
Relaxment on the River, Emma Tubiermont, age 15
The photographer's perspective: Many modes of transport such as trains or buses can be quite stressful to use, but when travelling across the river, there is this immediate sense of relaxation (unless you use a speedboat of course!). On the Thames, water transport also allows you to see London from a different perspective than if you were to just walk or drive past the impressive buildings & landmarks.
“This year’s Thames Lens entries responded sensitively to the River of Life theme, and showcased some wonderful talent, with great winners in all categories. It was delightful to see so many entries in our new Under 18s category”
“The quality of entries to the Thames Lens competition never ceases to amaze. This year was no exception and with over 250 entries, judging wasn’t a simple task. The winner of our prize though stood out. It shows people drawn to the river banks, perfectly capturing the essence of the Thames Vision and this year’s theme, River of Life”