Documentary Family Awards

Not just another photography award.

We provide a platform to celebrate the very best modern documentary family photography from around the world, while also nurturing and supporting its growth through open online educational events. We work to create the most transparent judging process by streaming the final round of judging for anyone to watch, providing a unique opportunity for everyone involved to learn how to make better photographs.

We hope you will join us in creating not just another photography award, but rather an inspired initiative that celebrates this growing genre of photography we all love.

You have created a truly one of a kind competition.

Casie Zalud

When my daughter was born, I was told that she had the “physical markers” for Down syndrome and a blood test confirmed the diagnosis a few days later. Sixteen years later, these “markers” have grown with her, and her disability remains visible to the outside world. Read More
"I am simply someone that loves to go out and take pictures in this world. Life is too short; this is something I learned at an early age when I lost my father after a long illness. This has influenced my way of seeing life. In photography, you materialize who you are." - Gloria Salgado Gispert Read More
On a summer afternoon I almost accidentally stumbled upon the location of the show, which right away caught my attention. At that time it was deserted, but the lack of an awning and the careful yet simple arrangement of the small and colorful seats intrigued me. Read More

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.