Live-Stream Judging Dates – January 2022

Live-stream judging broadcast January 24-26, beginning at 9am PST each day

The live-streamed broadcast of the final round of the Fall 2021 Awards is a highly anticipated three-day online event.  Happening only twice a year, the judging is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the judging process of an international photo awards competition.  

When to Watch

January 24, 25 and 26, beginning at 9am PST each day 

The specific viewing times for each category will be published on our live-stream page.

Check your time zone here –

Where to Watch

How do I access the live-stream video?

Our live judging broadcast is free to the public while it is being live-streamed!  You don’t have to submit an entry to watch.  To view the live stream, you must either log in or create an account on the DFA website.  It’s free to create an account and only takes a minute!  

Anyone who submitted to this round of the DFA’s will also receive a free subscription to re-watch the recording of the broadcast.  

How does the judging work?

During our Live-stream Broadcast, you will have a chance to view the finalist selections of the preliminary-round judges as our live judging panel curates a final gallery of award-winning photographs.

This final round of judging is a transparent, three-day process that is constructive and engaging, aimed at helping photographers grow in their craft.  As the judges narrow down the photos in each category, they will discuss what makes a great documentary photograph or series and the reasoning behind their final selection of award winners and honorable mentions.

Our Fall 2021 judging panel is made up of photojournalist, lecturer and co-founder of the Iris Photo Collective, Carl Juste, documentary photographer and educator Jenna Shouldice, and photographer, educator and speaker Kirsten Lewis. You can read more about their expertise in their judging bios.

We hope you join us as we review the inspiring work of your fellow photographers and watch the announcements of the latest DFA winners!

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