The Competition has three categories:
Open - open to anyone anywhere
Student - for anyone on a recognised full-time or part-time photography degree course (and those completing in 2020-21 academic year)
Member - for members of the RPS
NEW ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED
Opening Date for Entries:
Thursday 6 May 2021
Closing Date for Entries:
Submissions closed on Thursday 5 August 2021
Shortlisting and Judging: Shortlisting has been completed. We ave informed those shortslieted and those who were not successful. The judges are now selecting the Commended and Winners in each category. We hope to complete this by November.
Awards Event: will take place in December 2021 (venue TBC)
Exhibition: from early 2022 and a UK touring Exhibition throughout 2022 (four venues already confirmed, more later).
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.
Shortlisted entries - there will be some opportunities for posting in social media, and on RPS Website.
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
Shortlist - Open
Shortlist - Open Category
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Shortlist - Student
Shortlist - Student Category
Shortlist - Member
Shortlist - Member Category
DPOTY Related Events
Along with the competition there are Engagement Talks which are free and bookable via our Events page. So far, there have included:
Following our Awards Event there will be an Exhibition which will then tour the UK.
RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021 - Awards
DATE AND TIME
TBC - December 2021
Dates subject to confirmation.
Our RPS Documentary Photographer of the Year 2021 Awards will be held at RPS House, Bristol