The Documentary Photographer of the Year competition is organised by the Royal Photographic Society's Documentary Special Interest Group.

This year's competition was open to the entire RPS membership. Entrants were asked submit a photo essay with a title, into one of two categories; Colour or Monochrome. Each submission consists of 5 images on a subject of the photographers choosing. The judges were looking for documentary photographic essay, representative of the subject matter.

There were over 120 entries to this year's competition, many from outside the Documentary Group. All demonstrating the breadth and depth of the Documentary genre.

The prize for the overall winner is a one on one all-day session with Stuart Franklin HonFRPS, former president of Magnum and the Chair of the Judging Panel for the World Press Photography Awards.

All winners are awarded a prestigious RPS Medal:

RPS Gold Medal: 
Winners Colour and Monochrome Sections

RPS Silver Medal:
Runners up Colour and Monochrome Sections

RPS Bronze Medal:
3rd prize Colour and Monochrome Sections 

This year our judges were;

Ken Lennox Hon FRPS
Ken is a Former Fleet Street Photographer for The Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Today, Picture Editor of The Sun and Executive Picture Editor News of the World. He has won British Press Photographer of the Year four times.

Steve Kingswell ARPS
Steve holds an ARPS distinction from the Royal Photographic Society, and an AFIAP distinction from FIAP. He is also an accredited judge for the Surrey Photographic Association, the Federation of South London Photographic Societies and surrounding areas. His work has been exhibited across the world in international salons and exhibitions.

Alison Baskerville ARPS
Alison is a British documentary photographer. A recent Fellow with the International Women's Media Foundation and military veteran she has explored and produced work in Afghanistan, Gaza, Mali and Somaliland. Her first major exhibition was held at the Oxo Gallery in London in 20120.