5th Place Award in the “Nothing Is Better Than Real Life” category. Photo by Cornell Watson, United States.

Spring 2021

CALL FOR ENTRIES

OPENING SOON!

11 open categories  /   1 Unique live-judging experiences   /   $3600+ cash prizes awarded

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.

1 PHOTO

FREE

One free photo entry per photographer.

5+ PHOTOS

$36

Submit 5 paid single photos for $36. Additional photos $5 each.

PHOTO SERIES

$46

Submit up to 10 photos per photo series for $46. Additional series $32 each.

What Winners Receive

  • Best Overall Award winners receive $500 (1st place), $350 (2nd place) and $250 (3rd place)
  • 1st Place Award winners in each category receive $250 USD
  • Top 10 Awards are given to 10 photos per category and ranked 1st through 10th
  • Judges Choice Awards are given to 3 photo series submissions and 9 single images submissions.
  • Honorable Mentions may be awarded in each category based on the finalist judges discretion
  • Customized Press-release for every award winner ready to share with digital or print media
  • Permanent online gallery will be published featuring all Top 10, Best Overall, Judges Choice, Honorable Mentions and Finalist images
  • Individual award profile created for all winners on the DFA website featuring their work
  • Feature Interviews and Photographer Spotlights regularly featuring award winners
  • Video On Demand access to the final round of judging of the March 2021 Call For Entries
  • Digital Award Badge for all winners and honorable mentions for use on their website or social media
  • 2021 year-end magazine will include all award winners

Watch The Judging Live-Stream

We recognize the educational value of transparency and so once again the entire final round of critical review and selection by the current judges will be live-streamed for anyone to watch. Entrants will have archive access to the recorded video if they are unable to watch it live.

You have created a truly one of a kind competition.

Casie Zalud, Award-Winner

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

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.

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