Thames Lens

Waterman | Susan Matthews | Thames Lens 2019 Winner

Thames Lens is our annual photography competition inviting non-professional photographers to travel onto and by the river to capture unique shots of the River Thames.

In the fourteen years since its inception, Thames Lens has provided an opportunity for photographers to depict the vibrant, multifaceted nature of London's River Thames. Ever changing yet a constant presence, the Thames is a hub for many communities living and working on it. From those travelling up or down the river as part of their daily commute to those enjoying sporting activities the Thames is rich in stories, heritage and nature.

Thames Lens 2019 Winners

Between 17 July 2019 - 31 January 2020, we received over 600 entries to Thames Lens, responding to the theme Thames Discovered. After hours of deliberating from our judging panel made up of representatives from the Thames Festival Trust, Port of London Authority and photographer Hannah Smiles, we are happy to announce that this year's winning entries are:

Main Competition

Thames Lens Overall winner
Waterman, Susan Matthews

Thames Lens Highly Commended
Two Worlds, Hammersmith, Laura Vroomen
Lighting the Thames, Karen Sells-Brown

Thames Lens Port of London Authority winners
Moonlight Mudlarkers, Roger Jackson
Tower Bridge in Glass Orb, Jason Arthur

Under 18 competition

Thames Lens Under 18 winner
Thames View from Cliffe Fort, Stanley Cottrell age 15

Instagram competition

Thames Lens Instagram winner
Good Morning London!, Rahael Ross

Thames Lens Hannah Smiles Instagram Commended
The Ship of Tolerance, Eileen Ting

  • “I am delighted with the quality of this year’s Thames Lens entries. Participants responded to the theme and really got out and explored the Thames to get their shots, and the winning photos across all categories are some of the best we have ever had”
    Adrian Evans, Director, Thames Festival Trust
  • “Thames Lens is a really exciting competition, giving us opportunity to see the river through others’ eyes. And what a river we see: a working river, a river of art, of imagination and discovery. It’s truly a pleasure to join the competition judging panel and the winning images that have emerged are exceptional. ”
    Alistair Gale, Director of Corporate Affairs, Port of London Authority

All winners have received an amazing range of prizes 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, tickets for a trip on Thames Clippers with lunch in a riverside location in Greenwich courtesy of the PLA, CameraWorld vouchers, plus tickets to Old Royal Naval College Painted Hall.

There were lots of stunning photographs that just missed out on the top prizes. Check out some of the shortlisted entries in all categories below.

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