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NZ Documentary Photographer of the Year

The Documentary Category is for Purist entries

Photographs that recognise the genre of documentary photography, and depict some aspect of the human condition. Entries may include: press, news, events, street, travel, birth, sport and wedding photography.
This category is intended for thought-provoking images of real life, interesting people, places and other non-fiction stories.
All photographs entered must have been observed, not directed or created, and captured without the intervention of the photographer. If the photographer asks or directs someone to stand or sit in a particular location or pose, this would be considered ‘created’ and should be entered in another category.

Entries may be commissioned or self-commissioned;
There must be no attempt to misrepresent reality by disguising elements or manipulating the content, context or meaning through editing or post-production;
An entry may be presented as a series, such as diptychs, triptychs, etc;
In-camera multiple exposures are permitted where their use adds a layer of storytelling
(an example of this is the work of Daniella Zalcman);
Except where specified as permitted above, entries must comply with all rules, entry terms & conditions, and the In-Camera – Purist entry criteria;
When naming your entry, use the Category Code – DC.


Permitted post-production techniques:
Tonal control – exposure, contrast
Colour control – saturation, vibrance, hue, temperature
Black & white conversion
Subtle vignette
Elimination of dust spots and scratches
Adjustments made in Lightroom, RAW, auto adjustments
Noise reduction

Permitted camera techniques:
In-camera capture
Direct capture to polaroids and plates – will require digital reproduction
In-camera multiple exposure, with frames captured in sequence

Use of third-party presets/plugins, such as Nik and Luminar, are not permitted
Use of in-camera filter captures

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