Our Diversity & Inclusivity Commitment

July 3, 2020

< 1 min read As part of our ongoing commitment to growing a truly inclusive documentary family photography genre and community, the Documentary Family Awards and Documentary Family Photographers Worldwide (DFP) have come together to address this challenge head-on. Today we have published our full commitment along with the steps we will be taking over the coming months and…

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Quietly Loud Workshop

July 1, 2020

2 min read A three month course with Felicia Chang and Kristine Nyborg A Scholarship is available for photographers (see below) who identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, LGBTQIA+, or an intersection of these groups. Join past DFA Judge Felicia Chang and Award Winner Kristine Nyborg in their new course, Quietly Loud. Deadline to Apply: July 7th “A key goal of the Quietly…

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The Results Are In! Winners from 2020 v1 Awards Published

May 19, 2020

< 1 min read We know you have all been anxiously waiting for the published results from the newest round of the DFA’s live-streamed on May 11-12, 2020! Today we are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 7th international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography. Visit the winner’s gallery to see the award-winning…

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Re-Watch May 11-12th Live Judging

May 16, 2020

< 1 min read Photographers! Watch the full online broadcast now with free access until June 30, 2020. Please share! I’m excited to share the full recording of our live judging from May 11-12, 2020 with you.  With over 9 hours of content spanning 7 categories, I’m sure you will have a lot to think about after seeing the…

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Live-Stream Judging Starts May 11th

May 7, 2020

2 min read Join us next week for two days on May 11th and 12th. We are honored to have Nancy Borowick join as a finalist judge, giving you a chance to gain even more insight into how we can all make better photographs. Nancy will join Documentary Family Awards co-founders Kirsten Lewis Bethmann and Jenna Shouldice as they discuss…

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Submission deadline extended by 48 hours

April 12, 2020

< 1 min read We have heard from a number of photographers over the weekend, concerned about their ability to submit by today’s deadline. For many of you, this weekend has been a time to focus on your family and the traditions you celebrate. We hear you!! The submission deadline has now been extended by 48 hours to April…

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Live photo critique + Q&A this Friday!

April 7, 2020

< 1 min read Co-hosted by Kirsten Bethmann & Jenna Shouldice Join Kirsten and Jenna for a live supportive critique where they dive into the images you’re making right now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit 1 documentary image showing your experience within the last few months, be it of your family, your partner or yourself. During this 1 hour…

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Nominate a Photographer

March 23, 2020

< 1 min read In the spirit of supporting each other, we are experimenting with a new feature to encourage just that. Often we can be our own worst critic and yet our friends (that’s you!) often see something in our photos we can’t see ourselves. Let’s see what photo you think deserves recognition! Submit 1 photograph from a…

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Erika Morillo

March 19, 2020

9 min read Erika Morillo is a NYC based photographer whose series Umbral was awarded 5th place in the 2018 V2 Awards. In the following interview Erika shares advice about conceptualizing projects, publishing work and being guided by your personal interests and questions about life. Molly Menschel: Can you tell us about your series, Umbral, that won a…

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Deadline extended & submission fees reduced

March 16, 2020

< 1 min read NEW deadline April 15, 2020 Exact closing time is 11:59pm (PDT). Check your time zone difference here: https://time.is/PDT We’ve heard from a number of you over the last few weeks with concerns about managing your shifting day-to-day priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic and wanting to enter our current awards before the deadline. Effective immediately we have…

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This Award Cycle only – Photo Series shot over 24h or less

March 11, 2020

< 1 min read In case you haven’t heard –  We’re adding a new twist to our Series Category! For this round only, all series submitted must be shot in a period of 24 hours or less. There’s a growing number of Documentary Family Photographers who are focusing their artistic craft on telling the stories of family life.  …

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Meet our next live-stream guest judge

February 24, 2020

< 1 min read We could not be more excited to introduce to you Nancy Borowick, who will be joining us for the final live-streamed judging of this current round of the Documentary Family Awards. Nancy Borowick is an internationally renowned photographer, author, teacher and speaker.  Working regularly with the New York Times since 2013, Nancy has told stories of health, struggle…

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Three New Categories – This Round Only

February 21, 2020

2 min read Along with our Classic Categories, we are opening submissions for three Feature Categories that are available for this award cycle only! GRANDPARENTS: The definition of family is not insular.  When thinking of photographs that represent the family unit, we encourage a broader idea of what those pictures look like.  Grandparents, for many, play an integral role…

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Submissions are open for the first round of 2020 awards!

February 19, 2020

< 1 min read Open Categories Travel · Grandparents · Birth · Nothing Is Better Than Real Life · Cell Phone Only · Environmental Portrait · “Day in the Life” Photo Series We couldn’t be more excited to launch our first award cycle of 2020. In 2019 our judges and audience were inspired by photographs that creatively and artistically raised the standards of documentary family photography. We can’t wait…

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2020 Year-Long Mentoring Program in with Kirsten, Jenna & Ash Raddatz

December 26, 2019

< 1 min read No More F*ckin’ Around From the founders of the DFA & DFP, a Year-Long Mentoring Program for those SERIOUS about being successful CLASSES START JANUARY 2020 “No More F*ckin’ Around” has been developed to inspire you to push your boundaries and to transform your perspective by using your mind, your heart and your hands. You…

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Results Are In! Winners from 2019 V3 Awards published

December 23, 2019

< 1 min read We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 6th international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography. We know you have all been anxiously waiting for the published results from the final round of the DFA’s live-streamed on December 13, 2019! Today is your day as we prepare nine…

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Category streaming schedule released for Dec. 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

< 1 min read STREAMING SCHEDULE WHEN: DECEMBER 13TH @ 9AM PST All times are in PST (Pacific Standard Time). Check your time zone here to match up your local time > https://time.is/PST 09:00 am – Introduction 9:03 am – 100 Days of Summer Category 10:45 am – Environmental Portrait Category 11:30 am – Cell Phone Only Category 11:55 am…

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Judging Live-Stream Starts this Friday

December 11, 2019

< 1 min read The date has been chosen for the broadcast of our final judging process. We are honored to have Fearless Photographer’s founder Huy Nguyen join DFA co-founders Kirsten Lewis Bethmann and Jenna Shouldice as a finalist judge, adding his insight to the conversation about what makes a strong photograph. WHEN: Friday, December 13th at 9am PST…

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Mid-Judging November Update

November 24, 2019

2 min read It’s been a few weeks since submissions closed, and you might be wondering what comes next?  What is happening behind-the-scenes right now: As we speak, guest judges Cristal Wallin, Zalmy Berkowitz and Rowena Meadows are thoughtfully looking through the entirety of this round’s photo submissions. Each guest judge will be choosing their top 30 photos from…

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Main submission deadline extended to Oct. 25th

October 19, 2019

< 1 min read Hello Friends, Due to technical issues, I am extending the main submission deadline to October 25, 2019. There will be no late fee attached to the new deadline.  I will be announcing a new late entry deadline next week for anyone who wants to submit after the 25th. I’d like to also encourage you to…

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