NEW FEATURE: Photographer Profiles Added

October 15, 2018

It’s true! Anyone who places in the top 10 of any category or receives an honorable mention will now have a dedicated award profile showcasing their accomplishment. Each photographer will also have the option to submit a biography text and photo along with links to social media accounts and websites.  We are truly excited to…

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Submission Deadline Extended

October 11, 2018

I have some good news for you! We have extended the deadline to enter the last Documentary Family Awards for 2018 by 5 days. ***October 20th @ midnight is your new deadline*** For those that have already entered, thank you! It’s always incredible to see the variety of entries that come in from around the…

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New Photo Series Category!

September 6, 2018

We believe that a story can be found in a single image. Composition and light can show incredible perspective and elicit dynamic emotions. But sometimes, the power of documentary photography is strongest in a series. We are thrilled to announce a new category for the next awards cycle: The Photo Series. This addition allows us…

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Our First Photo Exhibit + The Storytellers Conference!

August 30, 2018

You may have heard rumblings of a new conference in documentary family photography circles over the past year … The Storytellers Photo Conference. It’s a 3-day conference from May 5-7, 2019, in Miami Beach, FL, featuring some seriously incredible photographers, documentary family and photojournalists alike. The hosts have intentionally crafted an intimate group of global…

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Real Life Photography Conference

May 24, 2018

In 2016 Erika Mann and Callandra Caufield launched the Real Life Conference in Canmore, a much-needed women’s conference for photographers. Kirsten Lewis Bethmann spoke in 2016 and Jenna Shouldice spoke the following year, both women walking away with so much more than just your average conference experience. Both years, the women were blown away by…

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Summer 2018 Photo Editing Workshop

May 16, 2018

Photographer and former DFA judge Ryan Christopher Jones has just announced he will be hosting a workshop focused on the craft of editing a photo documentary series. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Ryan and a great chance for anyone looking to improve their editing*** skills. “Photography is a language, and like…

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Are You Ready To Watch?

February 14, 2018

Live-streamed judging of the final round is coming next week!! We hope you can join us to see the inspiring work submitted by your fellow photographers and watch us announce the latest award winners live! When & Where Watch February 23rd @ 9am (PST) on our LIVE page: documentaryfamilyawards.com/live/ How will it work? You will have…

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Open Category: ME AND MY PHONE

January 4, 2018

This category is about sharing those gritty, personal documentary family photos made with your phone at home, on the street or at work. For the vast majority of us, the phone is actually our most used camera, whether we want to admit it or not. Good photographs are not about the camera but rather the…

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Open Category: ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT

January 3, 2018

Submission Deadline January 17th, 2018 >> ENTER COMPETITION We believe an environmental portrait uses a subject’s surroundings to tell us more about the subject themselves. This can be at home, school, the playground etc. and can be a single person or multiple people in one frame. In this category only, the photographer may or may…

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Open Category: NOTHING IS BETTER THAN REAL LIFE

January 2, 2018

Real life is about the authentic unscripted moments in our day to day life. For some, these are extraordinary events and for others, it can simply be the small moments of accomplishment or defeat. This category is wide open, as an opportunity for you to enter photographs that explore all aspects of family life. As…

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Open Category: BIRTH

January 1, 2018

A single word category that hardly gives justice to the complexity and depth of this subject matter. Photographs should be of the birth process at some point and do not have to be just of the final moments of a child being born. Share your photos with us of any moment leading up to, during…

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Open Category: THE HOLIDAYS

December 28, 2017

From Chinese new year to Halloween, lantern festivals to religious and non-religious celebrations, show us the chaos, the beauty, the dust and the meltdowns.  This category is for photos made during celebrations both inside and outside of the home. As you know, we love documentary family photography and can’t wait to give your photography international…

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Open Call For Entries!

December 17, 2017

Deadline January 17th, 2018 We are excited to announce our open call for entries for the next cycle of Documentary Family Awards!  This award cycle brings about a new set of categories including one for birth, and we have an exciting new panel of guest judges, who will curate through every single submission. We recognize the educational value…

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Kirsten Lewis & Jenna Shouldice select award winners this month!

October 4, 2017

These awards are not about “winning” as much as supporting each other to become better photographers. Join our first live streamed judging where Jenna and Kirsten will give you insight into how finalists are chosen in each category, and why the winners are selected from those shortlisted photos. We believe that seeing not just the…

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