1st Place Award in the “Cell Phone Only” category (Fall 2021). Photo by Oleg Bolotnikov (Russian Federation).

Cell Phone Only – Award Gallery

Single photographs taken using a cell phone that explore all aspects of family life.

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 Oleg Bolotnikov, Noga Shadmi Van De Reep, Emilie Perrault, Sabine Doppelhofer, Siliang Wang, Lori Gospodyn, Shannon Christy, Agata Storer, Angeline Dobber and Diana Feil.

Honorable Mention photograph by Julia Kojeder.

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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 Allyson Klein, Alycia Bannon, Amy Zwart, Ana Backhaus, Andrea Brum-Oome, Choudhary Sunil, Colleen Ordoñez Muller, Davide Bonaldo, Debarun Biswas, Diana Feil, Eola Min, Flavia Felgueiras, George Slade, Ina Esch, Irene Alison, Johanna King, Julia Kojeder, Katarzyna Bąk, Keili Tees, Kirby Croin, Lacy Field, Laura Ally, Laura Beth Davidson, Lauren Gayeski, Liz Celeste, Lonav Bharali, Lori Gospodyn, Magdalena Adamczak, Maria Eugenia Fitzmaurice, Maria Ofelia Arzate Vazquez, Martina De Pascali, Mercedes Armella, Mila Mokina-Khairullova, Pamela Brady, Paul Greenwood, Pier Luigi Dodi, Polona Avanzo, Sarah Harris, Shae Dwyer, Shibasish Saha, Siliang Wang, Sohel Ahmed, Thomas Dryden Kelsey, Verena Ettinger, Xeniya Brik and Ziaul Huque.

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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.