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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 photographers’ work always has an intent; whether that is to represent daily life, explore a specific subject, deepen our thinking, or influence our opinions.  

Our Documentary Group members have a common interest in documentary, urban and street, photography. The group offers a lively events programme (including online talks and workshops),  a quarterly e-journal and the opportunity to participate in other photographic initiatives and competitions.

The Traveller
CREDIT: Simon Revington
Punters by AJ Wood ARPS
Resources for documentary photographers

This page will provide links to useful information to support documentary photographers and development of their projects:

Online picture archives - a useful source of inspiration and research material

Useful text and resource books on conducting documentary projects - to follow


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CREDIT: Mark A Phillips FRPS

Workshops - Building a Photographic Series

These new workshops are intended to provide expert practical guidance for those considering or already working on long term projects (documentary, contemporary or travel).  They aim to address some of the challenges in three areas: Starting out (building a photographic series, defining your intent, planning and researching the project),  Working on projects (staying motivated, shooting to a narrative, keeping it going and field work) and Finishing up (the edit, sequencing and getting your work out there).

Documentary online workshop 1
The Decisive Moment May 2020 Edition 19; Cabin Fever by Joanne Coates
CREDIT: Joanne Coates

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.



Browse our archive
Paul Bynre
CREDIT: Paul Bynre

Bi-Monthly Competition

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

Check our June 2020 winner images.


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CREDIT: Lina Geoushy

Documentary Photographer of the Year

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