Kate Middleton talks to Hold Still photography contest volunteer

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The Duchess of Cambridge has said she acknowledged the struggles families faced during the pandemic, as she praised a volunteer who worked at a food bank for his “true community spirit” after appearing in her Hold Still photography contest.

Sami, who only gave his first name and came to the UK with his partner Helen last year, started helping out at the Community Food Hub in Hackney, East London, while his partner worked at one of the Nightingale hospitals.

On his first day, photographer Gray Hutton was photographing volunteers at the food center as part of National Geographic’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists when he decided to take a photo of Sami.

The image of Sami, standing outside the food bank wearing PPE and smiling, is one of 100 photos chosen for Kate’s Hold Still project.

In a telephone conversation with Sami, which was published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s YouTube Today, Kate said his story was “fascinating” and that it was included because the exhibition needed to highlight the “amazing work” being done by communities during the pandemic.

The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) has said she acknowledged the struggles families faced during the pandemic, as she praised a volunteer who worked at a food bank for his “true community spirit” after appearing in her Hold Still photography contest

Kate, an avid amateur photographer, launched the Hold Still initiative during the lockdown and asked the public to submit their photos capturing the period for a digital exhibition.

She was then joined by a panel of five judges to select the best images from over 31,000 entries to the nationwide competition, saying she was “overwhelmed” by the response and that it was “so difficult” to narrow the images down to a top 100.

During the five-minute conversation, which was recorded in the fall of 2020, Kate thanked Sami for his hard work while volunteering.

She said: ‘Just wanted to call, Sami, to say a huge thank you for submitting your photo, and how glad we were to have it as part of the final roster.

“This is really to celebrate you and all the great community work that happened around the lockdown and to really celebrate and highlight it too because the work you did was off your own back

Sami (pictured), who only gave his first name and came to the UK with his partner Helen last year, started helping out at the Community Food Hub in Hackney, East London, while his partner worked at one of the Nightingale hospitals

Sami (pictured), who only gave his first name and came to the UK with his partner Helen last year, started helping out at the Community Food Hub in Hackney, East London, while his partner worked at one of the Nightingale hospitals

“I think it shows real community spirit, so the thanks go to you and the good work really goes to you.”

A photo of a casual-looking Kate, wearing a Whistles blouse and black trousers, and a photo of Sami appeared with a recording of their conversation playing in the background.

Kate said, ‘I think there’s a really desperate need, isn’t there? I think the problems that families and the children had were there anyway, but then everything got worse.

“That’s exactly how it was,” Sami added. “I learned so much in my time as a volunteer there.”

On his first day, photographer Gray Hutton was photographing volunteers at the food center as part of National Geographic's Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists when he decided to take a photo of Sami (pictured)

On his first day, photographer Gray Hutton was photographing volunteers at the food center as part of National Geographic’s Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists when he decided to take a photo of Sami (pictured)

The Duchess said she was “excited” to have his image as part of the final roster, while Sami said it felt “really great” to be chosen.

Kate added: “There’s a lot of great work going on there and it’s basically being able to bring it to the fore and remind people that while it may not be on their doorstep but this kind of great work is actually on the way.” the corridor is in communities

“And that’s why part of the photography project really just focuses on different acts of kindness and different ways we’ve all worked together. And we thought that was very important.’

The Hold Still project encouraged the public to capture life through photographs during the pandemic. It has since been transformed into an exhibition and book.

Sami, who moved to the UK with his girlfriend Helen, has since returned to be with his family in Rio.

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