Rowena Meadows

Rowena Meadows

2019 Guest Judge


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Rowena is a psychologist turned documentary family photographer, born with an unavoidable inclination to observe, an intense discomfort with perfection and a desire to dominate every person she meets at table tennis.

She sees her work with families as an opportunity to reflect, reframe and shift the way they see themselves, both as a system and as individuals. This approach led her to place first in the documentary category of Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers in 2018.

Rowena is the co-founder of Storytellers Photo Conference, an international gathering of the documentary family photography community, and the Memory Collective, a group of Australian photographers volunteering their time to photograph families where a parent has a terminal illness.

A lover of vintage suitcases, playing piano, expressive eyebrows and every kind of confectionary, Rowena lives in Melbourne, Australia with her family.

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