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

Live-stream Judging Broadcast

Documentary Family Awards

Watch on June 28-30, 2021

Starts at 9 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) each day

It’s that time again!  Time to set aside a few hours of your week to soak up valuable critiques and commentary from an incredible panel of guest judges. Join us for a three-day broadcast as we find out which photos place in the top 10 for each category during our 9th cycle of the Documentary Family Awards.

We are so honored to have C.W. Griffin, Kristin M. Young and Song Tae Chong as our three finalist guest judges, taking us through their thought processes as they select this round’s award-winning photographs!


All times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), UTC -7
Check when to watch in your time zone here

Day One
June 28th

  • Start time 9 am (PDT)
  • Schedule to be announced

Day Two
June 29th

  • Start time 9 am (PDT)
  • Schedule to be announced

Day Three
June 30th

  • Start time 9 am (PDT)
  • Schedule to be announced

Live-Stream Judges

Preliminary Round Judges

Our guest judges spent many hours reviewing each submission we received, narrowing their favourite single images and photo series down to a shortlist for the final round of live judging. We are thankful to have had them join our team and look forward to seeing what they selected to move forward to the live-stream portion of the Documentary Family Awards.

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