29 September Deadline for Thames Lens Photography Competition

In partnership with the Port of London Authority, Thames Lens invites non-professional photographers to travel onto and by river to capture unique shots of the  Thames that respond to the theme of river, community and identity.

This year there is an Instagram category to the competition, allowing users to easily submit images or moving Gifs via the app.


Previous Entry : Paddles Ahoy by John Clare


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 – bringing the diverse and rich Thames to life and 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.

The organisers are also planning some exciting events around the competition and collaborating with Instagrammer and blogger Jess Henderson.


Previous Entry : Girl On The Foreshore by Justine Federici

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 and the chance to be exhibited in an online virtual reality gallery.



Previous Entry : Bubble Fun by Britta Baumann

Director of Thames Festival Trust, Adrian Evans said, “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 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.
Find out how to enter here