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CREDIT: Lina Geoushy

DPOTY 2019

Documentary Photographer of the Year Competition 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 Awards were held on 11 January 2020.

This years shortlisted entires were: Rachel Wallace, Chris Jennings, Steve Reynolds, Paul Sansome and Graham Land

The finalists were: Andrew Wood, Robert Hughes, Paul Lanigan and Hil van der Waal

The overall winner was: Lina Geoushy

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.  

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This year’s judges were

ALYS TOMLINSON  - an award-winning editorial and fine art photographer based in London.  Alys was named Sony World Photography Awards, Photographer of the Year 2018 and 2019 Rencontres d’Arles, France (New Discovery Award) 

STEVE KINGSWELL - a photographer and photography judge. Steve has judged the DPOTY on previous occasions and has exhibited internationally.

MARK PHILLIPS - is Chair of the Documentary Group in the RPS and a documentary photographer, with work published in the Independent newspaper and various magazines. 

Exhibitions and talks

These are currently being planned. The first three confirmed events are: 

Oriel Colwyn, North Wales

May 22 – 19 Jun 2020

Volcano Theatre, Swansea

27 Jul -10 Aug 2020

Newcastle Arts Centre

16 Oct – 13 Nov 2020


DPoTY 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.