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 category were 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.

(To see full-size photos, click or tap an image)

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.