Thames Lens is the Thames Festival Trust’s annual photography competition inviting non-professional photographers to travel onto and by the river to capture unique shots of the River Thames.

In the fourteen years since its inception, Thames Lens has provided an opportunity for photographers to depict the vibrant, multifaceted nature of London’s River Thames. Ever changing yet a constant presence, the Thames is a hub for many communities living and working on it. From those travelling up or down the river as part of their daily commute to those enjoying sporting activities the Thames is rich in stories, heritage and nature.

From architectural gems, canoeing, paddle-boarding, boatyards, river trade, art installations and more, what better way to celebrate all that the Thames has to offer than through photography.

This year’s theme is: Thames Discovered, and they’re asking entrants to get up close and personal with the river and stumble upon parts of it they haven’t before – be it an Illuminated River bridge, riverside walk, getting onto the foreshore or just one of the many stunning views that the Thames offers, they want to see your shots. This year the categories are main Photography, Instagram and Under 18s.

Deadline for applications is Friday 31 January, more details on how to apply can be found on the Thames Festival Trust website.