Our Guest Judges
We are honoured to have the following lineup of guest judges curating each one of your submissions.
Lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia
Felicia Chang is a documentary photographer who believes that connections are important, normal is relative, and crustier versions of life deserve visual space in family photos. As an instructor, she works to change the mindset of photographers at the grassroots level to advocate for everyone’s version of reality as photo-worthy. Within her community, she works with local children’s hospitals and hospices to document end of life journeys.
Although she spent much of her early adult life in pursuit of gem and metal commodities through the Canadian Arctic with a camera around her neck, the start of a family changed it all. Photos of rocks and landscapes were traded for photos of life. Felicia has been featured in National Geographic Your Shot and in Photolife and Click Magazines. She was also awarded the Category Winner for the Voice competition in 2016 and 2017, and placed 2nd and 5th in the Family Love Category in the inaugural DFA photo competition.
A Borneo native, Felicia found her way to Canadian soil during her teenage years and never left. She currently resides in North Vancouver, BC, in a well- patina’d 105-yr old house with her husband, two girls, and Schnoodle best friend. When there is free-time to be had, she spends it running the north shore trails or exploring the ever-fading Chinatown streets with her camera.
Lives in Wheeling, West Virginia
Rebecca Kiger is a documentary and portrait photographer living in West Virginia, USA. Rebecca studied photography, education and anti-racism work at Hampshire College and has a second degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from UMass Amherst.
Her work has been published in Lens, the photography blog of the New York Times, Photo District News, Looking at Appalachia, WV Public Broadcasting, the Ohio Valley Resource, and Huck magazine. Her still photography work is a component of two upcoming Netflix films by Elaine McMillion Sheldon about the opioid crisis. Rebecca also has photography work in the upcoming documentary by Nancy Schwartzman about the Steubenville, Ohio rape case. She is working with women from around the region on a project called Her Appalachia, a companion piece to the film Hillbilly by Sally Rubin and Ashley York. Rebecca is currently working on a long-term documentary project about intergenerational trauma and her family’s roots in Appalachian Ohio.
Ryan Christopher Jones
Lives in Brooklyn, New York
I am a Mexican-American photojournalist originally from California’s Central Valley and currently based in New York City. I grew up in a middle-class agricultural town that primed my curiosity in suburban America, and much of my work explores the American experience through a mixed-heritage identity.
In 2017 I worked on a series for The New York Times looking at the state of drug use and addiction recovery in New York City. I am working on projects in California and the American South exploring themes of family, division, and solitude in stories about economic and racial inequality.
I am a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and editorial clients include CNN, The Intercept, Newsweek, The Washington Post and Der Spiegel.
Live Streaming Judges
The final round of Judging to select the top 10 winners + honorable mentions in each category, will be live-judged across multiple platforms by Kirsten and Jenna.
Kirsten Lewis Bethmann
Lives in Denver, Colorado
Co-Founder of the DFA.
Lives in Victoria, Canada
Co-Founder of the DFA.