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VICTORIA, BC, March 22, 2019 – All submissions are in for the Documentary Family Awards (DFA) first 2019 contest. Now it’s time to judge the best of the best.

On March 27, 2019, the DFA will stream online the final judging of the remaining 697 finalist images. This will include commentary from co-founders Kirsten Bethmann and Jenna Shouldice as well as guest judge Kholood Eid.

Over a 4-week period, thousands of photos were submitted from 40 different countries. Renowned photographers Kholood Eid and Khalilah Hall and WSJ photo editor Parker Eshelman combed through each individual image, deciding on the 697 that are left.

The recorded event will showcase why the images were chosen and full transparency about what it takes to make it to the end. The judges will choose winners across all 6 categories as well as honourable mentions. They will pick 3 images for overall competition winners as well. The preliminary judges have each chosen a personal favourite for the Judge’s Choice award, which will be revealed at the end of the judging broadcast. The categories include: Nothing is better than real life, Birth, Humor, Cell phone only, Environmental portrait, and Photo series.

The top awards in each category receive a monetary prize and all award winners will be displayed in the Documentary Family Awards online winner’s gallery.

The decision to stream the judging was an easy one and they have done it this way from the beginning. The heart of the awards is transparency and education. As a fairly new niche in the world of family photographers, resources to learn are as scarce as the talent is plentiful. The founders saw an enormous pool of potential and seek to grow the community while helping hone natural skills.

It goes a step further too. To families. The word “family” covers the full spectrum of life. The DFA values an all-inclusive approach and wants to reflect a wider definition of what everyday life can look like.

To watch the live-streaming, go to https://documentaryfamilyawards.com/live/ on March 27th @ 11 am Eastern Time (ET).

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Photo by Julie Ambos, United States.