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 & submissions fees reduced

March 16, 2020

< 1 min read NEW deadline April 13, 2020 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 discounted all submission fees by 50%, extended the submission deadline to April 13th…

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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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Closing in 10 days!

October 10, 2019

< 1 min read Submission Deadline October 20, 2019 You have just 10 days left to enter your best documentary family photographs into the last round of Awards for 2019. When you enter the Documentary Family Awards you are: Taking a chance on yourself Trusting your vision as an artist Having your work viewed by top-notch guest judges Cristal Wallin, Zalmy Berkowitz and…

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Win a ticket to Real Life Conference

October 7, 2019

< 1 min read The Documentary Family Awards are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring another two tickets to the Real Life Conference in Portland Oregon this November. What does this mean? Anyone who has submitted to the Documentary Family Awards in 2019 is eligible to nominate either yourself or another deserving photographer for a ticket. Real…

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Submissions open today!

September 20, 2019

< 1 min read “These judges and artists are the best of Documentary Family photographers, around the world. I am blown away… Their comments regarding some of the technical aspects of the image were honest, challenging and helpful.” -Deanna Daniels, Past Award Winner IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN… SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR THE LAST ROUND OF 2019 AWARDS!…

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Fearless Photographers’ founder joins the DFA live-stream

September 19, 2019

< 1 min read We could not be more excited to introduce to you Huy Nguyen! Huy will be joining us for the live-stream broadcast of the final round of judging during this upcoming round of the Documentary Family Awards. Huy is the founder of Fearless Photographers as well as the founder and director of the Foundation Workshops (2002…

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2 New Categories You Can’t Miss!

September 15, 2019

< 1 min read We are thrilled to announce the inclusion of two new categories into our upcoming call for entries titled “Details” and “100 Days of Summer”. Opening in five days, our final 2019 call for entries will also include our classic repeating categories such as “Nothing Is Better Than Real Life” and “Photo Series” giving you a chance to…

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Results Are In! Winners from 2019 V2 Awards published

July 26, 2019

< 1 min read We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 5th 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 July 18, 2019! Today is your day as we prepare eight…

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Women Street Photographers call for entries!

July 18, 2019

< 1 min read Have you been watching the latest DFA final round of judging? If so you had a chance to see the amazing Gulnara Samoilova join us for this award cycle as a judge. She has generously offered a free entry to the DFA community into her latest Women Street Photographers call for entries! DEADLINE JULY 22,…

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