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Thames Lens Photography Competition

In partnership with the Port of London Authority, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Thames Lens Photography Competition is now open. Thames Lens invites non-professional photographers to travel onto and by river to capture unique shots of the River Thames that respond to the brief. This year we introduce an Instagram category to the competition, allowing users to easily submit images or moving Gifs via the app. 

The River Thames is London’s largest open space and central to many the communities surrounding it. This year, the judges are looking for unique and interesting images that respond to the theme of river, community, and identity, through which we hope will bring the diverse and rich Thames to life and reflect on what it means to London’s communities. Head out and explore London’s most photogenic asset and consider how it interacts with and impacts on everyday life.

We also will be planning some exciting events around the competition, and collaborating with Instagrammer and blogger Jess Henderson, as well as Active 360.

Enter your photograph to win some great prizes including a thrilling Thames Rockets trip down the river, a unique flight above the city with The London Helicopter, tickets to board the Cutty Sark, a night at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall, tickets to board the London Eye and the chance to be exhibited in an online virtual reality gallery. 

Director of Thames Festival Trust, Adrian Evans, “Thames Lens is an open invitation for digital snappers of all ages to capture the quirky and multifaceted relationship between people and the River Thames. So go East and go West in fair weather and foul and explore and snap something about the Thames that will surprise us. We’re looking forward to seeing your photographs!”

Thames Lens is supported by the Port of London Authority, Alistair Gale, Director of Corporate Affairs said"We work on the Thames every day, seeing it in all lights, in all weathers. Thames Lens is about prompting people to turn their eyes to the river, to see it afresh. Hopefully, the competition provides an opportunity to take in the activity on the river, to capture the stunning sunrises, the excitement of taking to the water for the first time, the wildlife for which the river is home.”

Images must respond thoughtfully to the theme, be well composed, and contain eye catching imagery.To enter Thames Lens, read the brief and terms and conditions below and submit your entries by Friday 29 September.  

Supported by the Port of London Authority. 

Discover Totally Thames

Totally Thames Festival is an annual celebration of the River Thames with a creative and diverse programme that inspires, connects and enthrals throughout the month of September, curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust. Launched in 2014, the month-long programme runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames, working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses.

Totally Thames Festival aims to inspire, surprise and enthral through their programme: 

  • Spotlight the river with excellent, surprising and spectacular art
  • Champion a diverse and sustainable creative riverfront  
  • Inspire the next generation of river ambassadors
  • Create unique and innovative opportunities to discover and learn
  • Support and nurture emerging artistic talent, placing the River Thames at the heart of new work 

Whereis it?

Totally Thames festival

Totally Thames Festival runs along the Thames at various points. See website for more details.