RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year 2017

25 March 2017

SIG: Documentary

Image courtesy of Mark Philips.

Want to put your documentary skills to the test? The 2017 RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year competition is open for submissions.   The competition is free to enter to all RPS members.


Every photographer has a documentary strand in them, after all what is a picture in its simplest form but a document of what we see.  In 2012 the Enthusiasts were sent out on one of the coldest February days to shoot the faces of Portobello Market while the Experts visited the centrally heated Comic Con exhibition at the Excel Centre.  From those early days the competition has grown in both entrants and importance. 

We have made a few changes this year, gone are the Enthusiasts and Experts categories to be replaced with Colour and Monochrome categories.   We are looking for a photo essay, plus title consisting of 5 images on a subject of your own choosing.  The judges will be looking for documentary photographic essays that are representative of the subject matter.  The competition will be open to all members of the RPS and will be free to enter.  The closing date is 30th June and the three finalists in each category will be informed by the end of September. 

See http://www.rps.org/special-interest-groups/documentary/about/documentary-photographer-of-the-year-2017 for full details.

The finalists plus the overall winner will be announced at a DG social to be held on 19 October at our partners The Printspace in Shoreditch.  The Printspace will print and mount the winning images and exhibit them for two weeks as well as offer prints available to purchase. Approximately 70% of the sale price goes to the photographer.  We have a wonderful prize for the overall winner, a one on one all day session with Stuart Franklin PhD, Hon FRPS, former president of Magnum. Known worldwide as the author of the Tiananmen Square tank man image who is the current Chair of the Judging Panel for the World Press Photography Awards.   The prize will be offered in London with no payment of other expenses.


The RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year is proudly supported by theprintspace. Their online platform: thehub allows artists and photographers to easily promote & sell fine art limited edition prints of their work and order award-winning prints, mounts and frames for exhibitions.