We are proud to share with you the Photo Series that received Honorable Mentions 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.

Four photo series were selected as Honorable Mentions and equally ranked.

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Honorable Mention

Photo Series by Jan Holkup, Czech Republic

A Day in the Life of the Plumbs

Honorable Mention

Photo Series by Rowena Meadows, Australia

It has been 4 months

Honorable Mention

Photo Series by Mieke Haesaert, Belgium


Honorable Mention

Photo Series by Jacqueline Dersjant, Netherlands


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.