1st Place Award in the “Birth” category. Photo by Rafael Rosa, Brazil.

Birth – Award Gallery

We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 8th 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 homes and subsequently streamed online around the world on October 14-15, 2020. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Jide Alakija (United States), Lawrence Jackson (United States) and Leslie Kershaw (United States).

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

Top 10 awarded photographs by Rafael Rosa, Camila Fernanda De Campos, Simone Ribeiro, Marcia Friese, Kate Randall, Elaine Baca, Natalie Broders, Simona Dietiker and Martha Lerner.

Honorable Mention photographs by Anne Lucy Silva Barbosa, Bárbara Aviz, Benedicte Lechrist, Kate Randall, Liz Celeste and Priscilla Mondo.

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Our preliminary round guest judges evaluated every single submission we received and selected forty or less of their favourite photographs per category to move forward to the live-judging round as finalists. Our deepest thanks to talented photographers Jacque Jackson (United States), Lafayette Hicks (United States) and Sarah Jane Rabideau (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 Aimee Hobbs, Amber Grant, Ana Carolina Leite, Angela Azevedo, Angie Gray, Anne Lucy Silva Barbosa, Ashley Marston, Bárbara Aviz, Benedicte Lechrist, Chanda Williams, Colleen Ordoñez, Dallas Arthur, Daniel Freitas, Diana Jou, Elaine Baca, Enrico Genovesi, Felipe Ponce, Giovanna Guiotti, Hayley Yourkowski, Jesse Hunter, Kate Randall, Katie Haslam, Katie Torres, Kirby Croin, Lawren Snapka, Liliane Cotta, Lisa Coker, Lisandro Castro, Luz Elena Silva, Maja Mędrek, Marcia Friese, Marcos Paulo, Martha Lerner, Melia Tanner, Nick Dautlich, Nicoletta Valdisteno, Priscilla Mondo, Rafael Rosa, Sarah Maverick, Simona Dietiker, Thiago Braga, Vanessa Amiot and Victoire Moulene.

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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.