1st Place: Nothing Is Better Than Real Life
by Kaleen Enke, United States.

CALL FOR ENTRIES! Submissions due February 25, 2019

“You have created a truly one of a kind competition.”

– Casie Zalud, 2018 Award-Winner


This round brings the return of the Humor category for this cycle only. You will also find the highly anticipated Photo Series category from 2018 remaining as a permanent category. As always we have a new panel of excellent guest judges for this round, who will evaluate every single submission and narrow their selections down to a shortlist for the final round.

Recognizing the educational value of transparency, our final round of judging will be live streamed for you to watch.

As you know, we love this genre and can’t wait to give your work the recognition it deserves.

Let’s see what you’ve been working on!

Humor · Nothing Is Better Than Real Life · Birth · Environmental Portrait · Cell Phone Only · Photo Series

5 single image categories   /   1 new photo series category   /   Over $2500 (USD) in cash prizes

GUEST JUDGES & Live Broadcast JudgeS

Kholood Eid  /  Parker Eshelman   /  Khalilah Hall   /   Kirsten Lewis Bethmann   /   Jenna Shouldice


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