“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliott Erwitt
Documentary photography records and represents events, people, environments and objects in an honest and accurate approach. Documentary photography can be used to affect social change, it can bring people together and can contribute to a bigger social movement.
The documentary category can include events and incidents, observed moments, sports, live performance, birth and death events, rituals and more.
Entrants are encouraged to submit authentic, revealing and original documentary photographs. We want to see new work and original storytelling through that single frame. Although we accept imagery that has been entered in other competitions we are on a mission to find original, undiscovered work we have not seen before.
HOW MUCH TO ENTER?
- Entries must be 100% photographic and single capture.
- Editing encouraged for basic adjustments and cropping. Elements can be cropped out, however elements cannot be removed by other means such as cloning.
- Elements cannot be added including the addition of textures.
- Dust spots and markings from the camera itself rather than the subject matter can be removed.
- Diptychs, triptychs, and sequences are allowable, however the sequence of an event should be shown chronologically and without changing the context of the event.
- Subjects in the photograph should not be posed, nor should a scene be constructed by the photographer.
- Documentary submissions require the accompaniment of a caption. Captions should be succinct, factual and informative. Captions should not be leading, for example trying to create emotion that isn’t present in the photograph or used to mislead the viewer into a false understanding of the photograph or its subject matter.
- Please do not add any watermarks to your entries as the judging is anonymous. All entries with watermarks on will be disqualified.
- Please do not enter any images that have been entered into APA in previous years as they will be disqualified.