3rd Place Award in the “Black Lives Matter” category. Photo by Ann Owen, United Kingdom.

Ann Owen

Award-winning photography by Ann Owen

I'm Ann, a mother to two and a motherhood photographer. I was born in Sweden, spent my teenage years in the states and in my mid twenties I ended up in London with plans to become a war photographer, I even had my ticket to Iraq in my hands. But the universe works in funny ways and had other plans for me. I ended up becoming an apprentice to a healer in the west end and undergoing an intensely personal journey of self-healing and discovery for several years. It was a journey of unravelling a lifetime of conditioning, facing my fears and insecurities and overcoming personal trauma & learning about the many ways in which my heart and mind work together. This experience changed and transformed me. It was an awakening. When I became a mother I underwent yet another rebirth. Motherhood has brought me to where I feel I am meant to be and it has been the greatest gift I could ever ask for. Now my work is focused on motherhood and the family dynamic and I feel a deep calling to honour the entire process and to provide a lens by which the journey can be seen in all its vulnerable power.

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