5th Place Award in the “Environmental Portrait” category. Photo by Angela Ramsey, United States.

Live-Stream Judging Starts May 11th

Join us next week for two days on May 11th and 12th.

We are honored to have Nancy Borowick join as a finalist judge, giving you a chance to gain even more insight into how we can all make better photographs.

Nancy will join Documentary Family Awards co-founders Kirsten Lewis Bethmann and Jenna Shouldice as they discuss their choices throughout the award selection process.

WHEN: May 11th & 12th starting at 9 am (PDT) 
Check your time zone here > https://time.is/PDT

WHERE: documentaryfamilyawards.com/live

Day 1 Schedule

  • 09:00 am – Introduction
  • 9:08 am – Travel Category
  • 10:55 am – Nothing Is Better Than Real Life Category
  • 12:10 pm – Cell Phone Only Category
  • 12:46 pm – Birth Category
  • 1:50 pm live-stream ends

Day 2 Schedule

  • 09:00 am – Introduction (replay from day one)
  • 9:08 pm – Photo Series Category
  • 11:57 am – Grandparents Category
  • 12:54 pm – Environmental Portrait Category
  • 1:50 pm – Best Overall Awards
  • 2:07 pm – Judges Choice Awards
  • 2:30 pm live-stream ends


During the live-stream broadcast, you will have the chance to view the selections of the preliminary-round judges as Kirsten, Jenna and Nancy curate a final gallery of award-winning photographs.  

This final round of judging is a transparent, two-day process that is constructive and engaging, aimed at helping us grow as photographers.  As Kirsten, Jenna and Nancy 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.

Next weeks broadcast is free to the public while it is being live-streamed.  Anyone who submitted to this round of the DFA’s will also receive a free subscription to re-watch the recording of the broadcast.  

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

See you next week

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