1st Place Award in the “Birth” category. Photo by Megan Mitchell, United States.

Birth – Award Gallery

We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 7th international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography.

Award winners were chosen during the final round of live-judging filmed in Denver (USA), Hawaii (USA) and Victoria (Canada) and subsequently streamed online around the world on May 11-12, 2020. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Kirsten Lewis Bethamn (United States), Jenna Shouldice (Canada) and Nancy Borowick (United States).

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

Top 10 awarded photographs by Megan Mitchell, Bárbara Aviz, Katie Torres, Vanessa Amiot, Kandyce Joeline, Nikki Gould, Ashley Marston, Dallas Arthur, Manu Rigoni and Heloisa Todescatt.

Honorable Mention photographs by Angie Gray, Hanna Hill-Destigter and Lawren Snapka.

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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 talented photographers Aniya Legnaro (Barbados), Rocio Vega (Spain) and Taras Bychko (Ukraine) 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 Alissa Macrae, Ania Wibig, Anne Lucy Silva Barbosa, Annemiek Kinneging, Ashley Marston, Bárbara Aviz, Chanda Williams, Dallas Arthur, Danny Klimetz, Danny Merz, Destinee Darling, Elisse Weinert, Erin Heuser, Frederikke Brostrup, Hanna Hill-Destigter, Heather Whitten, Jaydene Freund, Jenna Hobbs, Jennifer Kreager, Jessica Vink, Jo Robertson, Juliana Siqueira Vivolo, Kaleen Enke, Kandyce Joeline, Katie Torres, Kris Moya, Lawren Snapka, Liliane Cotta, Lindsey Eden Bartell, Lisandro Castro, Lori Martinez, Louise Van Den Broek, Marcos Souza, Megan Mitchell, Paula Janka Meisel, Priscilla Mondo, Roberta R Urbano, Roberta Regina Ruela De Sousa, Sacha Alfonzo Villafuerte, Sarah Hall, Stephanie Entin and Ursula Cardenas.

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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.