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 not be involved in directing the subjects to be in a certain location or light if it enhances the portrait. This is not a formal sit down portrait category, rather a momentary pause where you make a portrait of your subject.

Three important things you should know:

  1. Over 50 awards given, cash prizes, sponsor giveaways and $36 for your first 6 entries.
  2. Your photos can be from any year
  3. Once again, recognizing the educational value of transparency, our final judging process will be live-streamed with Kirsten Lewis and Jenna Shouldice

As you know, we love documentary family photography and can’t wait to give your work international recognition!

Ryan Christopher Jones

GET STARTED: documentaryfamilyawards.com/call-for-entries/

Need help?  Head to our help page to see how to resize your photos and prep them for upload. We also have a Lightroom preset to make resizing your photos easier.

Banner photo courtesy of our Best Overall Award winner and photographer Jeff Borkowski. 

Tristan is a documentary photographer based out of Victoria BC where he currently lives with his wife and daughter. Originally from Pennsylvania, he was raised on a biodynamic dairy farm until his family moved to western Canada when he was ten. Attending photography school years later after living overseas, Tristan met his now wife and talented photographer Jenna Shouldice. Together they run their documentary wedding and family photography company out of Victoria and Toronto, serving clients across North America. Tristan has gained international recognition for his photography work and he has spoken and taught about his documentary approach across Canada and the United States. In 2017 Tristan and Jenna co-founded the Documentary Family Awards with Kirsten Lewis Bethmann.

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