Celebrating the best contemporary documentary photo series
We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 8th international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography.
Award winners were chosen during the final round of judging recorded live from our three judges homes and subsequently streamed online around the world on October 14-15, 2020. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Jide Alakija (United States), Lawrence Jackson (United States) and Leslie Kershaw (United States).
These award-winning photographs have been through two rounds of critical review and selection. Congratulations to winners!
When my daughter was born, I was told that she had the “physical markers” for Down syndrome. A few days later, the diagnosis of Trisomy 21 was confirmed with a simple blood test. Today, sixteen years later, Luigia is a lively teenager, yet these “markers” have grown with her, and her disability remains visible to the outside world. As we try to go about our ordinary lives in our community, I often catch people staring, gawking at her, at us. Even though their gaze feels invasive, I perceive it as more questioning than judging, at least most of the time. With this on-going series “Regard”, I am opening a window into our reality. At first glance, it may seem that I am offering us as vulnerable prey to their judgement, yet in fact I am guarding our lives, and the viewers are caught gawking–my direct gaze at the camera. Because I believe in the connective power offered by the depiction of domesticity, I hope that “Regard” helps the audience rethink some of their assumptions about people living with disabilities and with this, I hope my series finds a humble spot within the movement that helps people with disabilities gain visibility.
Mask: a protective covering This photo series is in honor of my ancestors who smiled when they were not happy, laughed when nothing was funny, and cried when they were not sad so that I could be here today.
It is a known phenomenon that if the birthing person has experienced any past trauma or sufferings, it can come up in labor. Sometimes that trauma stalls labor or impacts the ability to cope normally. Every birth is unique because every birthing person has their own past experiences that they bring with them in labor. This series portrays one Mother’s birth experience with her second child.
“Would you like to play being a serpent or a bird, a long voyage on a ship or on the train, all the good things, a Christmas and dreams and a happy lover, too, who only seems to cry, who only pretends feeling blue? To live inside a play which has become fully true, how’d you like living like that forever and ever? And here is a scene: between flowers you lie on the ground… Would you like to play that we die?” (Translated by Tamás Kalebdó)
With the passage of 10 years since the war, many families have lost some of their family members. Pictures that I will attach to you of people who have lost their entire families. The mother who screams has lost her family while she is at the breakfast table. As for the father, he lost his family while sleeping. Pictures taken in the war to tell what the meaning of family in Syria at a time War, devastation and the inexpressible thing from a miserable life of people without their families.
Our preliminary round guest judges evaluated every single submission we received and selected thirty or less of their favourite photo series to move forward to the live-judging round as finalists. Our deepest thanks to talented photographers Jacque Jackson (United States), Lafayette Hicks (United States) and Sarah Jane Rabideau (Canada) for their hours of dedication during this process. Congratulations to these photographers who were nominated as finalists for consideration during the final round of live judging.
Lu Zhang, Stefanie Belnavis, Enrico Genovesi, Xiao Wenli Xiao, Mikaela Martin, Natalie Broders, Danielle Clements, Frederikke Brostrup, Jason Vinson, Heidi Harf, Lisa Winner, Nino Ninography, Mea Baráth, Rebecca Griffiths, Lauren Gayeski, Manu Rigoni, Bobbi Barbarich, Lee Kriel, Liliana Ranalletta, Luba Grosman, Lavinia Nitu, Amélie Pelletier, Minru Lin, Ursula Cardenas, Huan Deng, Jo De Magneval, Camporesi Sara, Karen Brunel Lafargue, Katie Torres, Shannon Christy, Shannon Christy, Pedro Vilela, Fiona Russell, Sara Easter, Elaine Baca, Didi Von Boch and Magdalena Adamczak.
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