Being a part of the judging panel of the Thames Lens photography competition is a highlight event for me. This year, the quality of submissions has been really impressive. It has been a privilege to see the variety of ways in which the Thames has been interpreted, and what these images reveal about the river with the richest heritage in the world
Adrian Evans, Thames Festival Trust’s Director
Thames Lens 2021 Overall Winner: Battersea Power Station, Olga Suchanova
Thames Lens 2021 Runner Up: Untitled, Jim Pickard
Thames Lens 2021 Port of London Authority Winner: Cable Car Over the Thames, Katherine Hill
Thames Lens 2021 Highly Commended: Rowing Under Kingston Bridge, Ben Nicholson
Thames Lens 2021 Highly Commended: Oxford Early Birds, Rick Zednik
Thames Lens 2021 Under 25 Winner: Reflection, Toby Allen
Thames Lens Illuminated River Winner: Colour Rush, Warren Chrismas
Thames Lens Illuminated River Second Place: Terry and Julie, John Franglen
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Thames Lens 2021 Winners

Thames Lens 2021 Overall Winner: Battersea Power Station, Olga Suchanova
Thames Lens 2021 Runner Up: Untitled, Jim Pickard
Thames Lens 2021 Port of London Authority Winner: Cable Car Over the Thames, Katherine Hill
Thames Lens 2021 Highly Commended: Rowing Under Kingston Bridge, Ben Nicholson
Thames Lens 2021 Highly Commended: Oxford Early Birds, Rick Zednik
Thames Lens 2021 Under 25 Winner: Reflection, Toby Allen
Thames Lens Illuminated River Winner: Colour Rush, Warren Chrismas
Thames Lens Illuminated River Second Place: Terry and Julie, John Franglen
Cable Car Over The Thames by Katherine Hill
Port Of London team
The Camera Club and Sophie from Thames Festival Trust
Museum of London hospitality team
View of the room
Oxford Early Birds by Rick Zednik
Thames Festival Trust Director, Adrian Evans
Colour Rush by Warren Chrismas
Battersea Power Station by Olga Suchanova
Reflection by Toby Allen
Terry and Julie by John Franglen_[W].jpg
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Thames Lens 2021 Winner’s Exhibition

Cable Car Over The Thames by Katherine Hill
Port Of London team
The Camera Club and Sophie from Thames Festival Trust
Museum of London hospitality team
View of the room
Oxford Early Birds by Rick Zednik
Thames Festival Trust Director, Adrian Evans
Colour Rush by Warren Chrismas
Battersea Power Station by Olga Suchanova
Reflection by Toby Allen
Terry and Julie by John Franglen_[W].jpg
“The Thames is central to many people’s lives, whether for work, travel, sport, leisure or inspiration. Thames Lens is fascinating as it allows us to see the river through others’ eyes. This year’s entries were strong, as ever, as borne out by the winning entry we picked, by Katherine Hill”
Alistair Gale, the Port of London Authority’s Director of Corporate Affairs
It’s great to see how Illuminated River has become a source of inspiration to so many budding photographers. We are delighted with the caliber of entries in our new Thames Lens category - focusing on Illuminated River’s artwork across nine Central London bridges. Drawing close to 200 applications, the entries championed Leo Villareal’s artwork in original ways, re-interpreting this monumental public artwork with fresh eyes. Warren Chrismas’ winning photograph, ‘Colour Rush’, which captures the sunset tones of London Bridge at evening rush hour, perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the competition, celebrating the Thames and its bridges as important civic spaces where transport, culture, working life and recreation all converge.”
Sarah Gaventa, Illuminated River Foundation’s former Director

Winners in the My Thames Vision category have received an amazing range of prizes including spaces on photography workshops with Simon Ellingworth, tickets to Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, tickets to Astronomer Photographer of the Year at Royal Museums Greenwich, tickets for a trip on Thames Clippers with lunch in a riverside location in Greenwich courtesy of the PLA, and CameraWorld vouchers. In the Illuminated River category, the overall winner was awarded a £500 cash prize, plus an exclusive dinner cruise with City Cruises. The Second prize winner was awarded a Philips Hue Smart lighting system, plus an exclusive dinner cruise with City Cruises.

Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Kew, Illuminated, Melani Joubert
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Thames Vision 2, Fransisco Pezo
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Peaceful Below, Anna Borzello
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Larking About, Nicole Black
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Falling Tide, Simona Strieblik
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: View of Hammersmith Bridge, Natalia Bobrova
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Pint of Stella for Me, Tommaso Carrara
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Under The Pier, Alison Medd
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Our Greener Thames, Geoffrey Hill
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Just Pause to Look for a While, Martin Howe
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Thames Beach, Stephen Prendergast,
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Sunrise with Monty, Margaret Flo Mcewan
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Illuminated River 1, David Foster
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Layers, Warren Chrismas
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Under Cannon Street Bridge, Anna Borzello
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Southwark Bridge in Pink and Purple, Amanda Burgess
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Southwark Bridge in All Its Glory, Cliff Harvey
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Blackfriars Bridge Illuminated, Tom Mascord
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: City Skyline Illuminated, Melani Joubert
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Spectrum, Abdul Muktadir
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Green Benches, Ben Johnson
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Light After Dark, Martyn Leung
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Glowing, Philip Petrou
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Light Trails the Night, Kush Rattan
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Liquid Radiance, Karen Sells-Brown
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Jaws of the River!, Kevin Wright
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Southwark and City, Kerry Killian
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Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist

Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Kew, Illuminated, Melani Joubert
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Thames Vision 2, Fransisco Pezo
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Peaceful Below, Anna Borzello
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Larking About, Nicole Black
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Falling Tide, Simona Strieblik
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: View of Hammersmith Bridge, Natalia Bobrova
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Pint of Stella for Me, Tommaso Carrara
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Under The Pier, Alison Medd
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Our Greener Thames, Geoffrey Hill
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Just Pause to Look for a While, Martin Howe
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Thames Beach, Stephen Prendergast,
Thames Lens 2021 Shortlist: Sunrise with Monty, Margaret Flo Mcewan
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Illuminated River 1, David Foster
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Layers, Warren Chrismas
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Under Cannon Street Bridge, Anna Borzello
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Southwark Bridge in Pink and Purple, Amanda Burgess
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Southwark Bridge in All Its Glory, Cliff Harvey
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Blackfriars Bridge Illuminated, Tom Mascord
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: City Skyline Illuminated, Melani Joubert
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Spectrum, Abdul Muktadir
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Green Benches, Ben Johnson
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Light After Dark, Martyn Leung
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Glowing, Philip Petrou
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Light Trails the Night, Kush Rattan
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Liquid Radiance, Karen Sells-Brown
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Jaws of the River!, Kevin Wright
Thames Lens Illuminated River Shortlist: Southwark and City, Kerry Killian

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