We asked each of our guest judges to choose one photograph and One Series from all the entries that were personal favourites of theirs.

Here are the “Judges Choice” awards as selected by Dylan E. Richards, Erika Jensen-Mann and Tasneem Alsultan.

On Being Penguin

Judges Choice Award as selected by Tasneem Alsultan

Photo Series by Susan White, United States

Father and Daughter Battle Addiction

Judges Choice Award as selected by Dylan E. Richards

Photo Series by Desiree Walters, United States


Judges Choice Award as selected by Erika Jensen-Mann

Photo Series by Sabine Doppelhofer, Austria

Judges Choice Single Images

Photographers selected are Daniela Justus (Brazil), Andrea Wolfe (Canada) and Kristen Fair (United States).


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.