Kristin M. Young

2021 Guest Judge

Photographer, Educator and Writer

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Kristin M. Young embraces many roles as a teacher, writer and photographer, but her favorite by far is wife and mother. She and her husband have six children whom she unashamedly and relentlessly photographs. Their oldest son, Colby, is tucked away in Heaven after a courageous two-year fight with brain cancer. After documenting their cancer journey through her camera lens, Kristin feels a firm calling to encourage others to look for hope and beauty while in the valley. Fully embracing the motto “shoot what you love and do it often,” Kristin is a staunch advocate for personal projects as creative outlets. She also blends her love for social justice, writing and visual arts in her journalistic and documentary approach to photography. Raised in Germany as a proud Army brat, Kristin currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

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