1st Place Award in the “Birth” category (Fall 2021). Photo by Jennifer Schäufelin (Germany).

Birth – Award Gallery

Single photographs that explore the full birth experience including pregnancy, pregnancy loss, the full birthing process and postpartum.

We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 10th international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography.

Award winners were chosen during the final round of judging recorded live from our three judges’ locations at the time in Miami (USA), Victoria (Canada) and Denver (USA). The final round of judging in its entirety was subsequently streamed online over three days from January 24th-26th, 2022. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Carl-Philippe Juste, Jenna Shouldice and Kirsten Bethmann.

The following award-winning photographs have been through two rounds of critical review and selection. Congratulations to the winners!

Top 10 awarded photographs by Jennifer Schäufelin, Diana Feil, Rafael Rosa, Dallas Arthur, Bruna Pontual, Colby Tulachanh, Toby Binder, Ebony Allen-Ankins, Sarah Marsden and Simona Dietiker.

Honorable Mention photographs by Ania Wibig, Anne Lucy Barbosa, Giovanna Guiotti, Inge Berken and Jennifer Schäufelin.

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Our preliminary round guest judges evaluated every single submission we received and selected thirty or less of their favourite photographs per category to move forward to the live-judging round as finalists. Our deepest thanks to Irmina Walczak (Poland), Julia Chang-Lomonico (United States) and Zun Lee (Canada) for their hours of dedication during this process. Congratulations to these photographers who were nominated as finalists for consideration during the final round of live judging.

Finalist photographs by Adriana Costa, Agata Szymanowicz, Aileen Miller, Alok Avinash, Ana Hop, Anne Lucy Barbosa, Bruna Pontual, Camila Mendonça, Christie Agema, Colby Tulachanh, Dallas Arthur, Danica Donnelly, Diana Feil, Giuseppe Cardoni, Irati Ayerza Ganzarain, Jackie Molloy, Janaina Cunha, Jennifer Lombardo, Jessica Miles, Karlijn Goossens, Kirby Croin, Leah Holscher, Lena Maria Loose, Lindsey Erin Ellis, Lisa Phillips, Liz Celeste, Magda Pinto, Maria Fernanda Fernandez, Martha Lerner, Michelle Dunn, Mirella Lukens, Muhammad Yeriyan, Natalie Broders, Paula Janka Meisel, Pedro Levier, Rachel Wilson, Raquel Ferreirinha, Sara Paolucci, Sharday Swanepoel, Susanne Krauss Fotografie, Thiago Cintra Braga, Verena Brüning, Verena Ettinger and Xiaoman Cai.

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