• Photograph from Tower Bridge of a bus and boat passing over the River Thames
    Tour Bus by Peter Murrell
  • Little girl surrounded by bubbles along the river pathway
    Bubble Fun by Britta Baumann

Totally Thames in partnership with the Port of London Authority are proud to announce 2016 Thames Lens Photography Winners, Totally Thames annual photography competition. Now in its 12th year, the competition is open to non-professional photographers.

Entrants were asked to submit photographs that captured the vibrancy and distinctiveness of the River Thames and were judged by a panel from the Thames Festival Trust and Port of London Authority alongside the London Photo Festival. From over 250 entries received, we can now announce that the 2016 winners are:

  • The Thames Lens 2016 Winner goes to Cairis Grant-Hickey for Dare you! taken along the Thames footpath between Woolwich and the Greenwich Peninsula
  • Runner-up goes to Peter Murrell’s The Tour Bus taken at Tower Bridge
  • The Port of London Authority Winner is awarded to John Clare for hisPaddles Ahoy! taken at Kew Bridge at this year’s TideFest.
  • London Photo Festival Highly Commended toBubble Fun IIby Britta Baumann along Bankside.

"We wanted photographers to reflect on the Thames and its many narratives and visual facets. Thames Lens is a unique opportunity for photographers to convey the vibrancy and ever-changing character of the River Thames and this year’s 258 entries certainly do that! It was a real challenge to select the winners but we think they all offer unique perspectives on the River Thames."
Adrian Evans, Totally Thames Director 

Thames Lens is kindly supported by the Port of London Authority, Alistair Gale, Director of Corporate Affairs said: "We are pleased to support Totally Thames bringing people back to the river through arts and cultural activities. The submissions to this year’s Thames Lens competition show the incredible beauty and the varied uses of the Thames. From art and architectural delight to the diversity of activities on the river: paddling sports and sailing; moving building materials for a growing capital city and using it to get to work."