Rory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi in the rural Mississippi Delta.

Doyle is a 2018 Mississippi Visual Artist Fellow through the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts for his ongoing project on African American cowboys and cowgirls, "Delta Hill Riders." Doyle won the 16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest with the project, which was announced in April 2019. Later that month, Doyle was awarded the Southern Prize from South Arts organization. The work was featured in the Half King Photo Series in New York and The Print Space Gallery in London before opening at the Delta Arts Alliance in February 2019. He was also recognized for the project by winning the 2019 Zeiss Photography Award, and the photojournalism category at the 2018 Eye Em Awards in Berlin, Germany.



  • New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveler (China), Newsweek, The Atlantic, NPR, CNN, ESPN, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN The Undefeated, Washington Post, Smithsonian, Wall Street Journal, Yahoo News, ABC News, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet, AARP, Esquire, Associated Press, Southern Living, Men’s Journal, The Bitter Southerner, CNN Style, National Parks Magazine, Getty, Photo District News, Feature Shoot, Aint-Bad, Forbes, British Journal of Photography, Sierra Magazine, Financial Times, Medium, Huck Magazine Lenscratch, Vox Media, The Marshall Project, Reebok Spartan Race, Teach for America, The Local Palate, The Sun, Daily Mail, Oxford American, JOIA Magazine, Food Network, MUSÉE, C41 Magazine, Canoe & Kayak Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Tiny Atlas Quarterly, Marriott, Penton Media, Roads & Kingdoms, Delta Sky Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, Delta Magazine, Delta State University, Fathom and more.


2019 – Zeiss Photography Award, Grand Prize Winner
2019 – Southern Prize (grand prize) South Arts for “Delta Hill Riders”
  • 2019 – Smithsonian Photo Contest, Grand Prize Winner
    2019 – Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography, New Orleans Photo Alliance
  • 2019 – Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, finalist
  • 2019 – ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography, Social Documentary Network
  • 2019 – GUP Editorial Award, Belfast, Northern Ireland for "Delta Hill Riders"
  • 2019 – GUP Publication Award, 2019 Critical Mass for "Delta Hill Riders"
    2019 – American Photography Open, Shortlist
  • 2019 – Critical Mass Top 50, Photolucida
    2019 – Ones To Watch, Atlanta Celebrates Photography
2019 – Taking Focus Grant for “Delta Hill Riders”
2019 – South Arts, State of Mississippi Fellowship for “Delta Hill Riders”
2019 – Prix de la Photographie, "State of the World," Paris, France
  • 2019 – MS Institute of Arts and Letters, photography category for “Delta Hill Riders”
  • 2019 – New York Times Portfolio Review, New York City
    2019 – PDN's 30, nominee, Photo District News
  • 2019 – International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
    2019 – Life Framer, "Urban Stories," Finalist
  • 2019 – Ones to Watch 2019, Atlanta Celebrates Photography
  • 2019 – Photo Chronicles, portrait series, Finalist
  • 2019 – Slow Exposures, Honorable Mention, Zebulon, GA
  • 2018 – Photojournalist of the Year, 2018 Eye Em Photo Contest, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018 – Finalist – Photographer of the Year, Eye Em Photo Contest, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018 – National Press Photographer’s Association, first place, best online gallery, “Delta Hill Riders,” Washington Post
  • 2018 – Mississippi Arts Commission, 2018 Visual Artist Fellowship grant
  • 2018 – Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, finalist, “Delta Hill Riders,” Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2018 – Malta International Photo Award, second place, storytelling, “Delta Hill Riders,” Malta
  • 2018 – Artist in Residence, Slow Exposures, Zebulon, GA
  • 2018 – Creative Hub Competition, finalist, London, England
  • 2018 – Slow Exposures, Honorable Mention, Zebulon, GA
  • 2016 – Gold Medal, International Regional Magazine Assoc., “A Wild Shrimp Chase" photo essay in Mississippi Magazine
  • 2013 – Mississippi Press Association, Second Place breaking news photo, Third place daily news photo
  • 2012 – Mississippi Press Association, First Place breaking news photo, Third place daily news photo


  • Solo:
  • 2019 – "Delta Hill Riders," The Print Space, London, England
  • 2019 – "Delta Hill Riders," Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning, Duluth, GA
    2019 – "Delta Hill Riders," Delta Arts Alliance, Cleveland, MS
    2018 – "Delta Hill Riders," Half King Photo Series, New York, NY
  • Group:
  • 2019 – Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, England
  • 2019 – Somerset House, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, London, England
  • 2019 – Visa pour L'image,"Delta Hill Riders" projection, Perpignan, France
    2019 – Photoville, "Delta Hill Riders," Brooklyn, NY
2019 – OBSCURA Festival of Photography, "Delta Hill Riders," George Town, Malaysia
2019 – Prix de la Photographie, "State of the World," Paris, France
  • 2019 – HeadOn Photography Festival, "Delta Hill Riders," Sydney, Australia
    2019 – Center Forward, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
  • 2019 – Malta Postal Museum, "Delta Hill Riders," Valletta, Malta
  • 2019 – Ones to Watch 2019, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta, GA
    2019 – South Arts, "Delta Hill Riders," 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC
    2019 – South Arts Exhibition, "Delta Hill Riders," Columbus State University, Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus, GA
    2019 – Meridian Museum of Art, “Delta Hill Riders,” Meridian, MS
    2019 – Artfields, “Delta Hill Riders,” Lake City, SC
  • 2019 – Life Framer, Edition V, Bermondsey Project Space, London, England
  • 2018 – "Mississippi Invitational," Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
    2018 – 2018 Eye Em Awards, "Delta Hill Riders," Berlin, Germany
2018 – Mississippi Museum of Art, “Delta Hill Riders,” Jackson, MS
2018 – Meitar Festival, "Delta Hill Riders," Tel Aviv, Isreal
2018 – “Delta Hill Riders,” Tikhonova + Winter Gallery, Harlem, NY
2018 – Slow Exposures, Zebulon, Georgia
2017 – “Delta Immigration,” Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, MS
  • 2017 – Edna Manley College of Visual and Preforming Arts, "Delta Immigration,” Kingston, Jamaica
2014 – National Arts Club, Mississippi Rising, New York, NY


2019-2021 – Anderson Ranch, Advanced Mentor Studies, Jim Estrin and Ed Kashi, Snowmass Village, CO
2018 – co-teacher, RAW Photo Tours, documentary photography workshop, Mississippi Delta
2018 – Slow Exposures Artist in Residency, Zebulon, GA                          
2015 – Barefoot Workshops, one-week intensive documentary workshop led by world-renowned photojournalist Ron Haviv.
2014 – Leadership Bolivar County, six-month group leadership seminar for young community leaders


  • 2019 – Zeiss Full Exposure Podcast, artist episode feature
2019 – Social Documentary Network, Powerhouse Books Arena, Brooklyn, NY
2019 – Real Photo Show Podcast, School of Visual Arts, New York City
2019 – University of South Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • 2019 – Constant Wander Podcast, "Forgotten Mississippi Flood"
  • 2019 – Mississippi Arts Hour, "Mississippi Invitational," Mississippi Public Broadcasting
2019 – Delta State University, Quality Enhancement Program
2018 – Bolivar County Historical Society, Delta State University
  • 2016 – Mississippi Arts Hour, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Mississippi Arts Commission


Undergrad — St. Michael's College, (Colchester, VT), journalism
Semester Abroad — University of Auckland, (Auckland, New Zealand)
Graduate — Delta State University, (Cleveland, MS), education

Rory Doyle Photography

Photojournalist, freelance, editorial, commercial and travel photographer Rory Doyle, based in Cleveland, Mississippi — the heart of the Mississippi Delta.
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