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Train of Inhumanity by Saskia Wesseling
CREDIT: Saskia Wesseling


Documentary photography communicates a clear narrative through visual literacy. It can be applied to the photographic documentation of social, cultural, historical and political events.

Welcome to the Documentary Group

Documentary is about developing a narrative or story using images. Our Documentary Group members have a common interest in documentary, urban and street, photography. The group offers a lively events programme, a quarterly e-journal and the opportunity to participate in other photographic initiatives.

The Traveller
CREDIT: Simon Revington
A picture from the DPOTY event by David Thorp
CREDIT: David Thorp
Dm Jan Cover

Read our digital magazine

The Decisive Moment is a quarterly journal that showcases the work of the Documentary Group members, shares insights and reviews about exhibitions related to the field of documentary photography and contains articles and interviews with prominent members of the photographic community.



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101798 Double Bass
CREDIT: Angus Stewart

Bi-Monthly Competition

Our popular bi-monthly single documentary image competition is open for all Documentary Group members to submit their best/favourite photos.


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CREDIT: Lina Geoushy

Documentary Photographer of the Year 2019

The Documentary Photographer of the Year (DPOTY) competition is organised by the Royal Photographic Society's Documentary Group. Competition entries are now closed, with a record number of entries. The successful projects will be exhibited in multiple locations around the UK. Find out more about the successful projects in the January edition of the Decisive Moment.

DPOTY 2019