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Deadline extended for Thames Lens Photography competition & Photography Walk Announced

The Thames Festival Trust in partnership with the Port of London Authority

Friday 31 January 2020


The Thames Festival Trust in partnership with the Port of London Authority is pleased to announce that the deadline to submit photos into our annual Thames Lens photography competition has been extended to Friday 31 January, giving you extra time to explore the river’s every nook and cranny with your camera or smartphone. Find out how to enter here.

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.

We are also thrilled to announce that as part of the competition, photographer Hannah Smiles, who is also a judge for the competition, will be leading a photography walk focusing on all things mudlarking, plastic pollution and the wonderful photography opportunities that the River Thames offers, on Sunday 12 January at 9.30am – 11am. The walk will take place on the Foreshore around Southwark Bridge, where you will stumble across rotting Victorian jetties, ancient tree roots, plastic pollution and more. Get your tickets here.

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 ticket to board Thames Clippers and lunch in a riverside location, 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.

The winners will be chosen by a panel comprised of representatives from Thames Festival Trust, Port of London Authority and Hannah Smiles.

Thames Lens is supported by the Port of London Authority. Alistair Gale, Director of Corporate Affairs says “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!”

Director of Thames Festival Trust, Adrian Evans, says “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.”

The deadline for submissions is Friday 31 January. The Thames Lens 2019 judging panel includes representatives from the Thames Festival Trust and Port of London Authority alongside photographer Hannah Smiles. Find out more about how to enter Thames Lens.

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