2nd Place Award in the “Black Lives Matter” category. Photo by Virginie Bouyer, France.

Black Lives Matter – 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 Cornell Watson, Virginie Bouyer, Ann Owen, Lisa Coker, Leonette Bower, Lisa Coker, Graziela Medeiros, Elaine Baca, Roxanne Munson and Lisa Coker.

Honorable Mention photographs by Azure Mahara, Lara Dobbe-Konstantynova and Mia Davies.

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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 Allyson Klein, Anja Poehlmann, Anna Nodolf, Azure Mahara, Cornell Watson, David Horton, Dennis Otieno, Diana Feil, Elaine Baca, Elisse Weinert, Eva Marie Uzcategui, Graziela Medeiros, Hayley Yourkowski, Hezy Holzman, Jennifer Nilsen, Julia Matthews, Kelly Meier, Lauren Gayeski, Lee Kelly, Lisa Coker, Lisa Cupps, Lisa Winner, Liz Celeste, Maike Frisch, Manu Rigoni, Marlene Suter, Martha Lerner, Melissa Van Ruiten, Mercy Haruna, Michelle Macirella, Nayara Andrade, Nina Castro, Pam Dusbabek, Rachel Austin, Saskia Albers, Shannon White, Siliang Wang, Simona Dietiker, Soraya Evans and Tiffany Luong.

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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.