DVJ Photographer of the Year 2014: CfE

19 May 2014

Society news

The Royal Photographic Society's Documentary and Visual Journalism Group has put out a call for entries to its DVJ Photographer of the Year competition. Entries are open to member of the DVJ Group only and can be submitted from 1 May-31 October 2014. 

Theme:  Photo Essay consisting of 5 images, the theme is decided by each photographer

Entry Groups:

   1. LRPS & Others. (ENthusiasts)
   2. ARPS, FRPS, Professional Photographers (EXperts)

Entry Fee:  Free

Entry Method:   Please send an email to dvj@rps.org to receive an invitation to join the DVJ DPOTY Dropbox where you can upload your entry using your RPS membership number.   

Number of images:   Five per entry required.  Only one entry per person.  

Prizes (for each Group)

First Prize:           Amazon/Book Token value £30 + a free DVJ workshop

Second Prize:     Amazon/Book token value £20 + 50% dicount for a DVJ workshop

Third Prize:          Amazon/Book Token value £10 + 50% dicount for a DVJ workshop.

All six winners will receive a RPS medal/ribbon


Enthusiasts:  Steve Kingswell LRPS (TBC)

Experts:  Monica Weller FRPS

Image File numbering:
Group - RPS membership number + sequence in series number. Example for enthusiasts - EN123456-01.Jpeg, EN123456-02.Jpeg


  • Each entry to be accompanied by a commentary of no more than 140 words plus the author’s name.  The file name should follow the numbering of the images, for example EN123456.doc.   This should be sent to DVJ@rps.org when requesting access to the Dropbox.
  •  Images must have been  taken no earlier than 1 January 2014
  • The organisers of the DVJ Documentary Photographer of the Year competition reserve the right to exclude any entry that they consider to be inappropriate for any reason.
  • The images must be the sole work of the entrant who will own the copyright but agrees that the images may be used by the DVJ for publicity and related purposes.
  • Image File Sizes & Type:    1,400 pixels on the long side - in Jpeg format.
  • Images received after the closing date will not be considered.


A photo-essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions.  They may range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or small notes.  Photo essays can be sequential in nature, intended to be viewed in a particular order.

Alison Baskerville in a recent DVJ workshop suggested the five main types of shots that need to be included in a photo essay are:

  1. An establishing shot to set the scene
  2. A portrait (talk first – snap later
  3. People at work – interaction between people
  4. Details shot – a small piece that makes sense in/of the story
  5. The ‘decisive’ moment.

Any queries email: dvj@rps.org

Image © Chrissy Barbara / Warmth from the Media.