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With our new award cycle comes 11 categories, including four completely new themes and a free entry category open to photographers 18 and under.

When my daughter was born, I was told that she had the “physical markers” for Down syndrome and a blood test confirmed the diagnosis a few days later. Sixteen years later, these “markers” have grown with her, and her disability remains visible to the outside world.
This month's newsletter is an homage to the brilliant, curious, insightful and meaningful ways that photographers are interpreting their experiences and the world around them. Documentary, conceptual, street photography, social commentary, mixed media, magical realism, there is something here for everyone.
"I am simply someone that loves to go out and take pictures in this world. Life is too short; this is something I learned at an early age when I lost my father after a long illness. This has influenced my way of seeing life. In photography, you materialize who you are." - Gloria Salgado Gispert
On a summer afternoon I almost accidentally stumbled upon the location of the show, which right away caught my attention. At that time it was deserted, but the lack of an awning and the careful yet simple arrangement of the small and colorful seats intrigued me.

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