Photo Exhibition Magazine Now Available

May 10, 2019

You can now order a copy of the 60-page companion magazine to the DFA photo exhibition Selected Works 2017-2019. All 53 artists from the show are featured along with a thought-provoking forward written by Felicia Chang. A video preview of the magazine is also available on Instagram (@documentaryfamilyawards). ORDER NOW! Magazine preview SharePinTweetWhatsAppRedditEmail

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Results Are In! Winners from the 1st 2019 Awards published

April 8, 2019

We know you have all been anxiously waiting for the published results from the final round of the DFA’s live-streamed on March 27, 2019.  Today is your day as we prepare eight award galleries over the coming hours. Watch this post as we update it with links to the latest galleries published. You can also…

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March 27th Live-Stream Schedule Announced

March 26, 2019

We’re ready to go with a full day of streaming lined up for tomorrow and have put together a schedule to help guide you through when each category will be covered. It’s highly recommended you join the live stream at least 10 minutes before the approximate times listed below as start times may shift during…

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Extended Deadline

February 26, 2019

Extended Submission Deadline March 1, 2019 You’ve seen our emails. You’ve been to the site. Maybe you even have a mental catalogue of the images you want to submit? So what are you waiting for? Enter your images today during our 4-day extended deadline! For those that have already entered, thank you! It’s always incredible…

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The Real Life Conference

February 18, 2019

Documentary family photography is about honesty. It’s about authenticity. It’s about real life. And because that’s what we are all about, we couldn’t be happier to be a small part of the Real Life Conference, taking place in Portland, OR in the fall of 2019. We are proudly sponsoring the conference aaaaaand they are generously…

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Integrity MUST exist within this genre if it wants to be taken seriously

February 9, 2019

Years ago when Kirsten Lewis Bethmann, Jenna Shouldice and I were daydreaming about ideas for the future, we were filled with excitement about our collective vision for the Documentary Family Awards (DFA) and the potential it held to be a truly one of a kind awards organization. Fast-forward to today where we have our first full…

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CALL FOR ENTRIES! Submissions due February 25, 2019

January 25, 2019

“You have created a truly one of a kind competition.” – Casie Zalud, 2018 Award-Winner WE’RE EXCITED TO LAUNCH THE NEXT EDITION OF DOCUMENTARY FAMILY AWARDS! This round brings the return of the Humor category for this cycle only. You will also find the highly anticipated Photo Series category from 2018 remaining as a permanent category. As always we…

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A third judge is coming to the awards broadcast!

December 9, 2018

You are invited to join our awards broadcast this week We are thrilled to announce the addition of a third judge to the finalist panel, giving you a chance to gain even more insight into how we can all make better photographs. Ryan Christopher Jones will be joining Kirsten Lewis Bethmann and Jenna Shouldice as…

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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: 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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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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