“This is a great competition. It can be something you tackle soon, as the hot summer runs through, or you can pause and come to the Thames’ banks in cooler times when autumnal colours abound. Whenever you choose to come, show us the Thames through your eyes, through your lens. This year, we are keen to see how the Trading Thames can be captured and reflected too, so get busy, look for the story of the UK’s largest port and busiest inland waterway and share it!”
Alistair Gale Director of Corporate Affairs, Strategy & Thames Vision


  • Architecture: The Thames is lined by and covered with iconic architectural buildings including Brutalist Royal Festival Hall, Tower Bridge’s Gothic Revival and Isambard Brunel’s Tunnel Shaft. This incredible range is something that makes the Thames such a joy to photograph. Enter this category and focus on the interaction between these buildings and bridges have with the River Thames.
  • Illuminated River: Illuminated River is the longest public art commission in the world, spanning nine bridges from London to Lambeth, that has transformed the Thames at night. Share your favourite view of the artworks that capture the vibrancy of colours and celebrates the bridges as a backdrop to Central London.
  • Landscape: The stunning landscapes of the River are a sight to behold – with completely different dramatic views offered as the Thames curves and winds its way from West to East. Capture wide shots of the River that runs through London and the outskirts and show off just how incredible the views can be.
  • Nature: The River Thames is home to hundreds of species of fish and having been considered biologically dead is now seeing a resurgence of animal and plant activity. Seals, birds, and more love to call the Thames their home, so head East and West to photograph these inhabitants.
  • People & the River: One of the factors that makes the Thames so vibrant is how people interact with it on different levels. From calling it home, to using it for water sports, and even working on it – people bring the river to life: the perfect subject for a photo.
  • Totally Thames Totally Thames is an annual season of unique, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September with activity taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames. See if you can capture the best shot of any of our 100 events!
  • Working River: London is home to the UK’s largest port, helping to make the Thames the busiest river in England for transporting freight, and for passengers, both seeing the sights and commuting to work. These industries are vital for London’s economy and form an important part of the Thames’ rich river tapestry.
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before entering
Photo: 'Colour Rush' by Warren Chrismas, overall winner of the Illuminated River category of Thames Lens 2021
“We are thrilled that our annual Thames Lens competition attracts hundreds of submissions, and we are always surprised and delighted by the extraordinary diverse ways in which photographers respond to this great river of ours as it flows through our capital city. Long may the Thames be a source of inspiration and joy for us all!”
Adrian Evans, Director, Thames Festival Trust

Submit your Entries

Deadline: Friday 12 January 2024 

Personal Details
Photo Upload

Please provide a title. We will also need you to provide a short description to explain your photo, the inspiration, and how it responds to the theme. 

Please submit your photos in JPG, PNG or TIFF format and use the following name format: Full Name | Photo Title

Please use the below links to upload your photos

Got a Question? Give Us a Bell!

Annabel Taylor-Munt

Totally Thames Programme Manager

Annabel completed her Degree in Design at Goldsmiths University of London, before going on to receive various grants to write and produce moving image work. Taking a keen interest in community-focused projects and local history she joined the Thames Festival Team as an intern in the heritage department before becoming the Totally Thames Programme Manager.

Supported by: