Prince William and Kate Middleton meet finalists from Hold Still photography project

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have today met some of the 100 finalists of the Hold Still project which documented life in the UK during lockdown.

As the striking images of life during lockdown go on display in 80 towns and cities across the UK, Prince William and Kate donned facemasks and headed to Waterloo to meet Hackey Food Hub volunteer Sami Massalami Mohammed Elmassalami Ayed, who featured in the image "Sami", taken by Grey Hutton. 

They also visited St Bart's Hospital to meet Joyce Duah, who took the photograph "All in this Together." Joyce, who is a specialist oncology pharmacist, photographed colleagues Amelia Chowdhury and Dipal Samuel, who were drafted in to work as pharmacy technicians in the Intensive Care Unit.

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The Duchess, a keen amateur photographer, launched Hold Still in May in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, of which she is patron. She helped to select 100 finalists from 31,000 entries and unveiled them in the National Portrait Gallery’s digital exhibition in September.

From today, the photographs will appear on billboards, bus stops, train stations and shop fronts for the next four weeks.
One of the portraits “Melanie, March 2020”, showing NHS nurse Melanie Senior and taken by Johannah Churchill, has been recreated as a hand-painted mural in Manchester city centre.

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All 100 portraits will also feature in a special exhibition hosted by the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire from 23rd October.

The exhibition is being backed by the Co-op which launched “Co-operate” in April to help connect vulnerable people to local and national support initiatives and has recently provided emergency relief funding to 4,500 community causes.

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