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.
Documentary photography communicates a clear narrative through visual literacy. It can be applied to the photographic documentation of social, cultural, historical and political events.
Documentary photographers’ work always has an intent; whether that is to represent daily life, explore a specific subject, deepen our thinking, or influence our opinions. Read more...
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Documentary Photographer of the Year 2019
The Documentary Photographer of the Year (DPOTY) competition is organised by the Royal Photographic Society's Documentary Group.
The 2019 RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year competition entries are now closed, with a record number of entries.
The competition has been judged and ten shortlisted entries selected. These will be displayed digitally and in shown in competition and RPS related media, including Decisive Moment.
From these ten shortlisted entries, five Finalists will be selected, who will have their entries printed and framed for exhibition. A single Winner will be announced at our Finalists event on 11 January, which will be held in RPS HQ.
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. At its most literal, all photography is documentary in that it documents something, someone or somewhere.
Free Online Magazine
Documentary Photography published by the Royal Photographic Society - Documentary Group
The Decisive Moment is a quarterly journal that showcases the work of its 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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