31 May 2014
SIG: Doc and Visual Journalism
DVJ Documentary Photographer of the Year: Call for Entries
Enter the only RPS competition specifically for documentary photographers. Not a member of the Documentary and Visual Journalism Group? Join before 31 October and you too can enter!
Open for entries from 1 May -31 October 2014
Open to members of DVJ only. New members eligible on joining DVJ.
Theme: Photo Essay consisting of 5 images, the theme is decided by each photographer
1. LRPS & Others. (ENthusiasts)
2. ARPS, FRPS, Professional Photographers (EXperts)
Entry Fee: Free
Entry Method: Please send an email to email@example.com to receive an invitation to join the DVJ DPOTY Dropbox where you can upload your entry using your RPS membership number.
Number of images: Five per entry required. Only one entry per person.
Prizes (for each Group)
First Prize: Amazon/Book Token value £30 + a free DVJ workshop
Second Prize: Amazon/Book token value £20 + 50% dicount for a DVJ workshop
Third Prize: Amazon/Book Token value £10 + 50% dicount for a DVJ workshop.
All six winners will receive a RPS medal/ribbon
Enthusiasts: Steve Kingswell LRPS (TBC)
Experts: Monica Weller FRPS
Image File numbering:
Group - RPS membership number + sequence in series number. Example for enthusiasts - EN123456-01.Jpeg, EN123456-02.Jpeg
- Each entry to be accompanied by a commentary of no more than 140 words plus the author’s name. The file name should follow the numbering of the images, for example EN123456.doc. This should be sent to DVJ@rps.org when requesting access to the Dropbox.
- Images must have been taken no earlier than 1 January 2014
- The organisers of the DVJ Documentary Photographer of the Year competition reserve the right to exclude any entry that they consider to be inappropriate for any reason.
- The images must be the sole work of the entrant who will own the copyright but agrees that the images may be used by the DVJ for publicity and related purposes.
- Image File Sizes & Type: 1,400 pixels on the long side - in Jpeg format.
- Images received after the closing date will not be considered.
A photo-essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions. They may range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or small notes. Photo essays can be sequential in nature, intended to be viewed in a particular order.
Alison Baskerville in a recent DVJ workshop suggested the five main types of shots that need to be included in a photo essay are:
- An establishing shot to set the scene
- A portrait (talk first – snap later
- People at work – interaction between people
- Details shot – a small piece that makes sense in/of the story
- The ‘decisive’ moment.
People who have undertaken photo essays include: Bruce Davidson, W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, James Agee, David Alan Harvey, and André Kertész.
Any queries email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
image: chrissy barbara
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