Submission Deadline January 17th, 2018


We believe an environmental portrait uses a subject’s surroundings to tell us more about the subject themselves. This can be at home, school, the playground etc. and can be a single person or multiple people in one frame. In this category only, the photographer may or may not be involved in directing the subjects to be in a certain location or light if it enhances the portrait. This is not a formal sit down portrait category, rather a momentary pause where you make a portrait of your subject.

Three important things you should know:

  1. Over 50 awards given, cash prizes, sponsor giveaways and $36 for your first 6 entries.
  2. Your photos can be from any year
  3. Once again, recognizing the educational value of transparency, our final judging process will be live-streamed with Kirsten Lewis and Jenna Shouldice

As you know, we love documentary family photography and can’t wait to give your work international recognition!

Ryan Christopher Jones


Need help?  Head to our help page to see how to resize your photos and prep them for upload. We also have a Lightroom preset to make resizing your photos easier.

Banner photo courtesy of our Best Overall Award winner and photographer Jeff Borkowski. 

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