1st Place Award in the “Cell Phone Only” category (Spring 2021). Photo by Giovanna Guiotti (Brazil).

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 9th 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 Berlin (Germany), Florida (USA) and California (USA). The final round of judging in its entirety was subsequently streamed online over three days on June 28-30, 2021. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Song Tae Chong (United States), Kristin M. Young (United States) and CW Griffin (United States).

The following award-winning photographs have been through two rounds of critical review and selection.

Congratulations to the winners!

Top 10 awarded photographs by Giovanna Guiotti, Sabine Doppelhofer, Magdalena Adamczak, Julia Nathanson, Lauren Spencer Gayeski, Nino, Melissa Mcclure, Mikli Jorge, Andrii Mur and Marcos Paulo.

Honorable Mention photographs by Babis Beslemes, Claudia Zaffaroni and Maria Alekseeva.

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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 Manu Rigoni (Brazil), Mikaela Martin (United States) and Ranita Roy (India) 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 Aiko Austin, Ana Matijaca, Andrea Brum-Oome, Babis Beslemes, Becca Brendler, Brayden Bodrug, Camila Mendonça, Elisa Cesca, Jaelle Francoeur, Jennifer Schäufelin, Julia Matthews, Katie Haslam, Lara Agnew, Laura Beth Davidson, Lisa Underwood, Lonav Bharali, Lori Gospodyn, Magdalena Liput, Mario Victor Crosta, Mo Qi, Nadezda Kosyreva, Nana Bonorino, Nikola Viens, Pier Luigi Dodi, Joanna Milcarz, Raquel Adriana Pin Gafuri, Regina Cambria, Sandra Stokmans, Sherry Tong, Siliang Wang, Sofia Moraga, Tabea Hörnlein, Verena Ettinger and Тамара Морозова.

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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.