We are proud to share with you the award-winning Photo Series from our third international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography!
The guest judges for the Photo Series categorywere Dylan E. Richards, Erika Jensen-Mann and Tasneem Alsultan. Each of them evaluated every single submission we received and carefully selected twenty or less of their favourite photo series. Award winners were then chosen by Kirsten Lewis Bethmann, Jenna Shouldice and Ryan Christopher Jones, based on the guest judges selections, during our live broadcast of the final round.
Six photo series were selected as award winners. They are ranked from 1st place to 6th place.
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Father and Daughter Battle Addiction
1st Place Award
Photo Series by Desiree Walters, United States
On Being Penguin
2nd Place Award
Photo Series by Susan White, United States
Julia and Ebony
3rd Place Award
Photo Series by Heidi Harf, United States
It’s Bright Inside My Head
4th Place Award
Photo Series by Mikaela Martin, United States
5th Place Award
Photo Series by Erika Morillo, United States
6th Place Award
Photo Series by Sabine Doppelhofer, Austria
This award cycle was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors:
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.