Don’t miss next month?s Mayor?s Thames Festival, where Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera have teamed up with Olympus to offer tips on taking photographs of London and the river.

The ?drop-in? masterclasses will take place in an AP and WDC marquee on Bankside as part of the South Bank festivities on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.

Photographers and editorial staff will be available from noon until 6pm on each day.

Olympus will loan out cameras for readers to try (deposit required), and a Pen E-P1 camera and a place on AP?s School of Photographic Imaging photography course are among the prizes in the Mayor?s Thames Festival photography competition.

The festival is promoted as a free outdoor event, featuring street theatre, music, dance and exhibitions, as well as art installations.

A display of fireworks on the river takes place on the evening of 13 September.

For full competition details visit

Picture (below): Nicholas Reynolds

Thames Festival

Picture (below): Chris Lewis

Thames Festival