Phones out, cameras out - Thames Lens 2019 is open for entries!

Photo: Ben Fitzpatrick

The Thames Festival Trust in partnership with the Port of London Authority is proud to announce that our Thames Lens 2019 Photography Competition is now open for entries.

The River Thames is teeming with activity, life, industry, culture, and holds the key to London’s history. What better focus for a photography competition? For fourteen years, Thames Lens has provided amateur photographers with the chance to get out and snap unique perspectives of the River Thames and the rich narratives that it provides. So, photographers, head to the north bank of the river, south bank of the river, or onto the river and discover the Thames through your lens!

  • “London’s past, present and future is reflected in the turbulent waters of the River Thames. I urge you all to get creative with your camera and smart phone and capture the spirit and hidden treasures of this iconic river of ours”
    Adrian Evans, Thames Festival Trust Director
  • “Thames Lens is a highlight of the year. The river means different things to different people – a place to relax by the riverside, a way to get around, at the heart of sporting communities, a trading hub, as a unique and valued habitat, and so much more. The images submitted to Thames Lens every year reflect this and I can’t wait to see this year’s entries!”
    Alistair Gale, Head of Corporate Affairs at the Port of London Authority

This year’s theme is: Thames Discovered, and we’re asking entrants to get up close and personal with the river and stumble upon parts of it they haven’t before – be it an Illuminated River bridge, riverside walk, getting onto the foreshore or just one of the many stunning views that the Thames offers, we want to see your shots. This year our categories are main Photography, Instagram and Under 18s.

You could be in the chance of winning some great prizes, including afternoon tea with Brigit's Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, lunch with Petersham Hotel, photography courses with London School of Photography, trips on Thames Lates with Thames Rockets, plus a trip on Thames Clippers with lunch, courtesy of the PLA! There is also the chance to be displayed in an exclusive exhibition of Thames Lens winners and runners up at a stunning riverside location, attended by high profile guests from river interest and arts organisations.

Deadline for applications is Friday 31 January, more details on how to apply can be found below.

Please note this deadline has been extended from Friday 15 November.

The winners will be chosen by a panel comprised of representatives from Thames Festival Trust, Port of London Authority plus photographer Hannah Smiles, whose work was part of the Foragers of the Foreshore exhibitions.

Check out last year's winners

  • Thames Seal & Thames Clipper, Bill Green

  • Greenwich Dusk, David Nicholls

  • High Tide at Rotherhithe, Anna Borzello
  • Weaker Thames Bridge, Adam Matthews
  • Relaxment on the River, Emma Tubiermont

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