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.


Open to all photographers of any background, age or experience

Entries Close October 20, 2018 @ 11:59pm PST

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


  1. Nothing is better than real life: Show us all aspects of family life through your photos; the wild, the beautiful, the highs and lows… (tell me more)
  2. Birth: We are looking for photographs that represent not just the final moments of labor but also the supporting events and landmarks that lead towards a child being born. … (tell me more)
  3. Pets & Animals: Members of a family are not limited to humans, and this category is for those special characters. Pets, wildlife, farm animals, critters and more… (tell me more)
  4. The Camera You Have With You (photos taken on your phone): Family documentary work both personal and professional, created with your phone’s camera… (tell me more)
  5. Environmental Portrait: An environmental portrait uses a subject’s surroundings to tell us more about the subject themselves and vice versa. This can be at home, school, the playground, at work etc. and can be a single person or multiple people in one frame… (tell me more)
  6. Photo Series: The freedom to tell larger stories, show growth and change in your subjects, or simply provide a broader perspective on a topic… (tell me more)

How to Enter

  1. Collect your favourite photos that match each category
  2. 12 photos maximum per single image category and up to 8 photos per series
  3. Resize your photos to meet our requirements(Get More Info)
  4. Fee (single images): Up to 6 photos for $36. Additional photos are $5 each.
  5. Fee (photo series): Up to 8 photos for $46.  Additional series are $46 each.

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 – 10 unranked honorable mentions per category
  • Photo Exhibit in Miami – A chance to be selected for the first DFA exhibit as part of the Storytellers Photo Conference in May 2019.
  • 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, with a number of awarded photos included in our press releases.


“This happened. And I am grateful. And humbled. And honoured to be listed among such incredible worldwide talent.”

– Alicia T, 2018 Award-Winner


Live Streamed Judging

Every submission will be reviewed by our panel of guest judges who will collectively curate the finalists in each category. The guest judges will also select one overall favourite photo from all the entries, that stands out as part of the highly anticipated Judges Choice Awards.

We also 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 private Facebook group, DFA Support for Photographers or visit our dedicated Help Page to review our requirements, or download our Lightroom export preset.

1st Place: Nothing Is Better Than Real Life

by Julie Ambos, United States.