1st Place Award in the “Environmental Portrait” category (Fall 2021). Photo by João Coelho (Portugal).

João Coelho

Award-winning photography by João Coelho

My documentary photography is based in Angola, the country where I was born and to where I returned after an absence of over 30 years. Although the passion for photography has existed for many years, it only truly began to take shape as of 2019, with a strong drive and motivation to tell the life and work stories of people who are usually unknown or ignored. These are portraits about the human condition and stories of suffering or joy, of strength or despair, of disappointment or mutual help, but which aim to show the strength and resilience of human beings in the face of the greatest adversity and the deepest doubts about their future

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