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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. It runs every two years. 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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The 2019 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 were planned, but sadly covid-19 and associated restrictions, prevented these from happening. We aim to try an exhibit the winners in 2021, in the lead up to the next competition. 


DPoTY 2019 was proudly supported by theprintspace. Anyone interested in sponsoring future competitions should contact Mark at