Final Submission Deadline

Documentary Family Awards

Celebrating documentary images that bring insight and meaning to the varied interpretations of family.


Submission Deadline 

May 18, 2021

Late Submission Deadline 

June 1, 2021

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Casie Zalud

Kaira and Zoe are identical twins. They share the same genetic code. However, a few months after their birth, the unknown erupted: sleep disorder, strange body movements, intellectual backwardness, frequent laughter and a constant state of happiness. There was never a diagnosis for Zoe, only speculations.
I saw my mother, in her late 60s, looking for work. My mother was born and raised in a social context in which access to education was difficult, especially for women, as the priority was men. With only a basic education, she dedicated her life to children, husband and domestic work.
"...in any setting I try to let the room, space or person give me clues and information that might not be straightforward. Perhaps this is where my experience in production design comes in... in film, every texture and object and colour is deliberate and has meaning, so in the real world when I'm shooting I look for the textures and objects and feelings and gestures that speak to each other in this way."

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.