Duchess of Cambridge shares some of her favourite project photos

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The Duchess has been working with the National Portrait Gallery to create the project Hold Still. The photography activity aims to capture how the nation has been coping during the coronavirus lockdown.

Last week, Kensington Palace released some of the entries so far on their Instagram page.

The entries included a picture depicting a family celebrating their grandma’s birthday.

Another showed two hospital workers in PPE and another portrayed a boy receiving a lockdown haircut.

The next set of entries, shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram stories, look into more key issues facing families during the pandemic.

The categories cover Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness.

A quote from the Duchess was also shared alongside the images.

It read: “Hold Still aims to capture a portrait of the nation, a spirit of the nation, what everyone is going through at this time.

“Photographs reflecting resilience, bravery and kindness – all those things that people are experiencing.”

The aim of Hold Still is collect 100 photographs, selected by Kate, to go on display at London’s National Portrait Gallery.

The Duchess has already expressed on social media how she has been “struck” by the “incredible” entries submitted so far.

In an Instagram post, Kate said: “We’ve all been struck by some of the incredible images we’ve seen which have given us an insight into the experiences and stories of people across the country.

“Some desperately sad images showing the human tragedy of this pandemic and other uplifting pictures showing people coming together to support those more vulnerable.”

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The project is free and open for anyone of all ages to participate.

The photographs can be taken on phones or cameras.

They will be displayed in a digital exhibition open in August.

Organisers of the project said the images will be judged based on the emotion and experience rather than technical ability.

Speaking to ITV’s This Morning, the Duchess explained why she wanted to get involved with the project.

She said: “We’ve all seen some incredible images out there and heard some amazing stories.

“Some desperately sad stories, but also some really uplifting ones as well.

“And I really hope that through a project like this we might be able to showcase some of those stories and to document.

“Share a moment in time I suppose that we’re all experiencing.”

Participants can submit an image to possibly feature in the exhibition before June 18.

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