DPOTY 2019

28 July 2019

SIG: Documentary


Want to put your documentary skills to the test? The 2019 RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year competition is open for submissions until the end of July.

Open to all RPS Members and free to enter

At its most literal, all photography is documentary in that it documents something, someone or somewhere. The competition has been running since 2012 and provides an opportunity to showcase documentary work and storytelling by members. There is no theme or topic, so the choice of subject matter is yours.

To simplify the process, we have made a few changes this year. We are looking for documentary projects consisting of 5 to 6 images (monochrome or colour). The judges will be looking for work that is representative of the subject matter and displays a strong visual narrative.

The competition is free to enter, and it is open to all members of The Royal Photographic Society. The closing date is 31 July 2019 and the shortlisted finalists will be informed by October.

The finalists and the overall winner will be announced at a subsequent Documentary Group social event. The first prize is a day with Simon Roberts HonFRPS, the acclaimed British artist-photographer who has published and exhibited widely, and has photographs in major public and private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection and V&A Collection.

All entries will be submitted via the creativehub at theprintspace, who will print and mount the shortlisted and winning images for the Documentary Photographer of the Year touring exhibition.

Looking for inspiration?

To coincide with the launch of the Documentary Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, we started a short series of articles on photography projects. In the series we’ve heard from some Documentary Group members about their processes and thoughts around various aspects of project work.

The current edition of The Decisive Moment we finish the series with a look in detail at the difficult process of Editing.