We believe that a story can be found in a single image. Composition and light can show incredible perspective and elicit dynamic emotions. But sometimes, the power of documentary photography is strongest in a series.

We are thrilled to announce a new category for the next awards cycle: The Photo Series.

This addition allows us to celebrate photographers who want to tell larger stories, show growth and change in their subjects, or simply provide a broader perspective on a topic.

What To Submit

Each submission can include up to 8 images that represent a visually cohesive series.  You can also submit up to 3 series at a time.

We aren’t putting limitations on the timeframe in which the series was photographed and the timeline and order does not have to be linear. For example, photos can be from a day in the life, a birth, or perhaps from multiple families and subjects over a longer period of time. You can explore a specific theme or present your personal perspective of this genre. These are just examples and we want to encourage creativity in not only the images, but the concept itself.

Helpful Links

  • If you have questions, please head to our Facebook support group. There is always great dialogue there as well as many helpful answers.
  • If you want to share this info (and we would so appreciate it if you did!), visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or just copy and paste the link to this post!

Submissions are now open!

We can’t wait to see your photos!

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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