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

Doyle is a 2019 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. The work was featured in the Half
King Photo Series in New York and The Print Space Gallery in London.
Additionally, Doyle was awarded a South Arts State Fellowship
representing Mississippi in 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, Newsweek, The Atlantic, CNN, ESPN, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN The Undefeated, Washington Post, Smithsonian, Wall Street Journal, Yahoo News, ABC News, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet, Esquire, Associated Press, Southern Living, Men’s Journal, The Bitter Southerner, National Parks Magazine, Getty, Photo District News, Feature Shoot, Aint-Bad, Forbes, British Journal of Photography, Sierra Magazine, Financial Times, Medium, 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.


  • Solo:
  • 2019 – "Delta Hill Riders," The Print Space, London, England
    2019 – "Delta Hill Riders," Delta Arts Alliance, Cleveland, MS
    2018 – "Delta Hill Riders," Half King Photo Series, New York, NY
  • Group:
  • 2019 – Somerset House, 2019 Sony World Photography Awards, London, England
  • 2019 – HeadOn Photography Festival, Sydney, Australia 
  • 2019 – Malta Postal Museum, "Delta Hill Riders," Valletta, Malta
    2019 – South Arts, "Delta Hill Riders," Columbia, SC
    2019 – Artfields, “Delta Hill Riders,” Lake City, SC
    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 – 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 – Taking Focus Grant for “Delta Hill Riders”
2019 – South Arts, State of Mississippi Fellowship for “Delta Hill Riders”
  • 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
  • 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.


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 – University of South Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
2019 – Delta State University, Quality Enhancement Program
2018 – Bolivar County Historical Society, Delta State University
  • 2016 – Mississippi Art 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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