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CREDIT: Robert K Hughes LRPS

Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021

Our popular competition opens for entries on 6 May and is now open to our international audience with Open, Student and Member categories

The Documentary Photographer of the Year (DPOTY) competition is organised by the Royal Photographic Society's Documentary Group. It runs every two years. The competition has been running since 2012 and provides an opportunity to showcase documentary work and storytelling. 

Anyone of any age can submit their images to DPOTY - this includes student, amateur and professional photographers and story-telling image-makers worldwide. There is no theme or topic, so the choice of subject matter is yours. There is also no limit on when the images were taken. Just show us your best work, that has not been submitted to DPOTY before. 

Entry is made online using our submission platform. After the closing date, the online selection is made and final judging will take place in September and October. Entrants remain anonymous throughout the selection process.

Chris Jennings ARPS
CREDIT: Chris Jennings ARPS

Entry Overview

CATEGORIES

The Competition has three categories:

Open - open to anyone anywhere
Student - for anyone on a recognised full-time or part-time photography degree course
Member - for members of the RPS

 


ENTRY COST
Open - £10 per series
Student -£5 per series
RPS Member - free
Concessions available upon request at: dpoty@rps.org

Terms And Conditions Of Entry
Paul Lanigan FRPS
CREDIT: Paul Lanigan FRPS

Key dates

SUBMISSIONS

Opening Date for Entries:
Thursday 6 May 2021

Closing Date for Entries:
Thursday 5 August 2021  23:59

 


Shortlisting and Judging
: will take place during September and October 

Awards Event: 
will take place in November (TBC) at FujiFilm House of Photography, London.

Exhibition: from November 2021 and a UK touring Exhibition in 2022.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
Robert K Hughes LRPS
CREDIT: Robert K Hughes LRPS

Awards and Prizes

All winners will be part of an Exhibition 

Open winner - a bursary, professional development support from Martin Parr Foundation and one-years free RPS membership

Student winner - a bursary, professional development support from leading photographer, Simon Roberts HonFRPS and one-years free RPS membership

RPS Member winner - a Fujifilm X100V camera (donated by Fujifilm) and one-years free RPS membership

Commended entries - one-years free RPS Membership and inclusion in Exhibition (as digital projection). Selected photographers will also have opportunities via our Engagement Talks and published in Decisive Moment magazine.

Entry Guide and FAQs

Judges

Our Judges

Our international panel of experts and judges includes:

Lekgetho Makola, CEO Javett Arts Centre, Pretoria

Roy Mehta, Photographer and Lecturer

Tanvi Mishra, Photo Editor, Writer and Creative Director, The Caravan, New Delhi

Mimi Mollica, Photographer and Director, Offspring PhotoMeet

Rosy Santella, picture editor, Internazionale, Rome

Marie Sumalla, international picture editor, Le Monde, Paris

Bindi Vora, Curatorial Projects Manager at Autograph, London

Learn more about our expert judges

Our Awards

The category winners will feature in a London and UK touring exhibition.

Open winner - a bursary, professional development support from the Martin Parr Foundation and one-years free RPS membership

Student winner - a bursary, professional development support from leading photographer, Simon Roberts HonFRPS and one-years free RPS membership

RPS Member winner - a Fujifilm X100V camera and one-years free RPS membership

All commended will receive one-years free RPS membership and an opportunity to take part in a UK touring exhibition (digital projection).  

Winners and commended photographers will also have opportunities for publication in the Decisive Moment and The RPS Journal and selected photographers will be invited to present at our Engagement Talk series. 

DPOTY Related Events

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CREDIT: Alys Tomlinson

Engagement Talk - Alys Tomlinson and opening of DPOTY2021

DATE AND TIME

6 May 2021 18:00 - 19:30 (BST / UK time)

Meeting will be held via Zoom.

Tickets are FREE, but please consider a small donation (thank you). Bookings close midday on 4 May.  Zoom Links will be sent out a day or so before.

The following week on 13 May we have a Talk by Daniel Meadows

Book your tickets
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CREDIT: Lina Geoushy

DPOTY Related Events

Along with the competition there are Engagement Talks which are free and bookable via our Events page. Following our Awards Event there will be an Exhibition which will then tour the UK.

Browse DPOTY events
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RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021 - Awards

DATE AND TIME

TBC - November 2021

Dates subject to confirmation.

Our RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021 Awards will be held at Fujifilm House of Photography, London

 

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Sponsors and Friends

We are grateful for the support of Fujifilm and its commitment to the photo community.

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