Judges Choice Award selected by Lafayette Hicks. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui, United States.

Live-stream Judging Broadcast

Documentary Family Awards

Watch the final round of judging January 24th-26th

Starts at 9 am Pacific Standard Time (PST) each day 

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

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    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.

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