We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our inaugural international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography!

The guest judges for the water category were Anna Kuperberg, Huy Nguyen, Niki Boon and Tyler Wirken (thank you!!) with the final selection curated by Kirsten Lewis Bethmann and Jenna Shouldice during our live judging broadcast.

If you’re someone who likes to deep dive into a photographer’s work, we will be sharing links to their profiles on Instagram along with their award-winning photographs. We look forward to seeing you there and reading your comments!

The first 10 photos are ranked from 1st to 10th place with the remaining 10 given equal honorable mentions in no particular order.

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.