We strive to showcase a diverse cross-section of family life. The gritty, the beautiful, and the highs and lows, all through a well-curated collection of award-winning photographs.

DEADLINE September 1, 2020

In an ongoing effort to support photographers financially affected by COVID-19, we have reduced entry fees by 50% on ALL submissions made before September 1, 2020 (main deadline).

7 categories   /   live-streamed judging   /   Over $2800 in cash prizes

Guest & Live Broadcast Judges

How To Enter

  • Collect your favourite photos that match each category
  • 12 photos per single image category and up to 8 photos per series
  • Resize your photos to 2000px on the long side… (Get More Info)
  • Submit your free entry option and additional paid entries with one form.



One free entry per photographer.



Submit 6 more photos for $18. Additional photos $2.50 each.



Additional series $16 each. Enter 8 photos per series.

Open Categories

➤ full descriptions

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. Our intention for this category is to create a space where photography is used to humanize black families.

Note: All submissions to the Black Lives Matter category are free because it is not our intention to benefit financially from the Black Lives Matter movement.


Consider how details, family scenes, relationships and emotions have all been affected by the COVID-19 virus. Submissions in this category may also include self-portraits… read full description

The Unconventional Portrait

An opportunity to submit photographs that capture a person’s essence in a more artful, abstract, straightforward or conceptual way.… read full description


Photographs that represent not just the final moments of labor but also the supporting events and landmarks that lead towards a child being born… read full description

Nothing is better than real life

Show us all aspects of family life through your photos; the wild, the beautiful, the highs and lows … read full description

Cell Phone Only 
(taken on your phone)

Family documentary work both personal and professional, created with your phone’s camera… read full description

Photo Series

The freedom to tell larger stories, show growth and change in your subjects, or simply provide a broader perspective on a topic.…read full description

You have created a truly one of a kind competition.

Casie Zalud, Award-Winner

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Overall Award – 1st Place $500, 2nd Place $350, 3rd Place $250
  • Judges Choice Award – 6 free entries in the next awards
  • 1st Place Category Award – 1st Place $250 per category
  • Top 10 Awards – Ranking from 1st to 10th per category
  • Honourable Mentions – Up to 10 unranked honorable mentions per category
    Magazine – All top 10 award-winners will be included in our year end publication.
    Digital Award Badge – All award winners and honourable mentions

All awarded photographs and honorable mentions are published in our winner’s gallery. Photographers and their work are promoted across our online platforms and press releases.

Watch Judging Online

We recognize the educational value of transparency and so once again our final decision process will be live-streamed. Entrants will be able to access the video at any time after the live judging.

Have a question? Join our Facebook Group or visit our Help Page to review submission requirements and download our Lightroom export preset.