“You have created a truly one of a kind competition.”

– Casie Zalud, 2018 Award-Winner


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 have a new panel of excellent guest judges for this round, who will evaluate every single submission and narrow their selections down to a shortlist for the final round.

Recognizing the educational value of transparency, our final round of judging will be live streamed for you to watch.

As you know, we love this genre and can’t wait to give your work the recognition it deserves.

Let’s see what you’ve been working on!

Humor · Nothing Is Better Than Real Life · Birth · Environmental Portrait · Cell Phone Only · Photo Series

5 single image categories   /   1 new photo series category   /   Over $2500 (USD) in cash prizes

GUEST JUDGES & Live Broadcast JudgeS

Kholood Eid  /  Parker Eshelman   /  Khalilah Hall   /   Kirsten Lewis Bethmann   /   Jenna Shouldice


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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