Documentary

THE 2020 AIPP EPSON STATE DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

THE WINNER RECEIVES A CERTIFICATE, TROPHY AND $250 CASH.

The Documentary Category is for AUTHENTIC EDIT images (see page 12).


This category is for documentary, press and birth photography. It is for single-capture images and is intended to reward technical and creative excellence in photographing and presenting an authentic representation of a scene, without the use of corrective retouching or creative compositing techniques. Judges in this category are asked to consider content, composition, impact and narrative quality. Documentary photography usually chronicles events or environments relevant to both history and historical events as well as everyday life. It may also include street photography, magazine-style photojournalism or reportage on events or situations.


CATEGORY RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general rules stipulated on pages 11-13:

  • The rules for Authentic Edit apply to this category – see page 12.
  • All images must be the result of a single exposure of light to either film or digital sensor and must have been observed, but not fabricated or directed in any way by the photographer.
  • Captioning is OPTIONAL. Entrants may provide a caption to assist the judges in assessing the image
    properly but must not attempt to mislead the judges through false or inaccurate captioning. (See the caption guidelines below)
  • Polyptychs (diptychs, triptychs, etc.) are permitted, with a maximum of six images per matted print.
  • In the instance of birth photography, written consent must be obtained from each medical facility (such as hospital or birth centre) and medical/support personnel where they are easily identifiable in an image.
  • Means of identification include both written content, such as signs, name tags, medical records and equipment, and visual content such as a person’s face and physical appearance.
  • Wedding photos are eligible as long as they are truly found, not created.
  • In order to win The 2020 AIPP Epson State Documentary Photographer of the Year, an entrant must have entered the maximum of four prints into the category.


IMAGE CAPTIONS

A caption should provide the basic information needed to understand a photograph and its context. It should primarily cover the Who-What-Where-When and sometimes Why (‘the five Ws’) of the picture’s content. Captions should consist of one or two short factual sentences covering the five Ws as succinctly as possible. Entrants are advised to go easy on the use of adjectives and adverbs as they can influence the way judges assess an image, and not always in a good way. There is no need to state what can clearly be seen, but if needed a sentence that provides pertinent context may be added to fully explain the image.