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


Want to put your documentary skills to the test? The 2019 RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year competition will be opening for submissions from the 30 April 2019
.   The competition is open and free to all RPS members. 

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.  

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

The competition will be open to all members of the RPS and will be free to enter.  The closing date is 14th July 2019 and the shortlisted finalists will be informed by October.   

The finalists plus the overall winner will be announced at a DG social to be announced at a later date.  All entries will be submitted via the Printspace.