Amaru in my Room

Gallery: Photo Series

We are proud to share with you the award-winning Photo Series from our third international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography!

The guest judges for the Photo Series category were Dylan E. Richards, Erika Jensen-Mann and Tasneem Alsultan. Each of them evaluated every single submission we received and carefully selected twenty or less of their favourite photo series. Award winners were then chosen by Kirsten Lewis Bethmann, Jenna Shouldice and Ryan Christopher Jones, based on the guest judges selections, during our live broadcast of the final round.

Six photo series were selected as award winners. They are ranked from 1st place to 6th place.

(To see full-size photos, click or tap an image)

Father and Daughter Battle Addiction

1st Place Award

Photo Series by Desiree Walters, United States

On Being Penguin

2nd Place Award

Photo Series by Susan White, United States

Julia and Ebony

3rd Place Award

Photo Series by Heidi Harf, United States

It’s Bright Inside My Head

4th Place Award

Photo Series by Mikaela Martin, United States


5th Place Award

Photo Series by Erika Morillo, United States


6th Place Award

Photo Series by Sabine Doppelhofer, Austria

This award cycle was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors:




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