The Results Are In!

October 28, 2020

< 1 min read We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 8th international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography. The winning photographs from this round of the Documentary Family Awards have been published.  Visit our Winner’s Gallery to see the Top 10 and Honorable Mention awards for each category, as well…

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Join us tomorrow for our live-streamed Judging Broadcast

October 13, 2020

< 1 min read This Wednesday and Thursday, the DFA will be hosting our 8th Live-Streamed Broadcast of our final-round judging. We invite you to join our international audience as guest judges Jide Alakija, Leslie Kershaw and Lawrence Jackson thoughtfully discuss the photographs that have made it through the preliminary round of judging. The full two-day schedule can be…

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Live-Stream Judging is next week

October 6, 2020

2 min read Live-stream judging broadcast October 14 & 15 at 9am (PDT) each day. WATCH HERE You are invited to watch our Award’s Broadcast next week! It’s that time again!  Time to set aside a few hours of your week to soak up critique from an incredible panel of guest judges. Join us for a two-day broadcast…

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7 days left to submit!

September 8, 2020

< 1 min read Final deadline September 15, 2020 Black Lives Matter · Pandemic · Birth · The Unconventional Portrait · Cell Phone Only · Nothing Is Better Than Real Life · Photo Series This October we’re looking forward to something special:  Two days of educational critique centered around YOUR best photographs, during a live-streamed judging process with three…

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Submissions are open for the second round of 2020 awards!

August 1, 2020

< 1 min read Open Categories Black Lives Matter · Pandemic · Birth · The Unconventional Portrait · Cell Phone Only · Nothing Is Better Than Real Life · Photo Series Friends, the Documentary Family Awards is officially open for submissions!  Half-way into a year filled with unpredictable setbacks and an overdue call for moral growth, we’re looking forward to…

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Three New Categories Opening Up!

July 28, 2020

2 min read Along with our Classic Categories, our upcoming awards will include 3 new Feature Categories that are available for this award cycle only! BLACK LIVES MATTER: In this open-ended category we are looking for photographs that focus on black lives.  Submissions may encompass family life, the larger family of a community or your interpretation of this theme. …

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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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