1st Place Award in the “Environmental Portrait” category (Fall 2021). Photo by João Coelho (Portugal).

Environmental Portrait – Award Gallery

Single photographs executed in an environment that relates to the subject(s) being photographed. The included environment should provide a deeper insight into the personality, emotion or lifestyle of the subject(s).

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 João Coelho, Alok Avinash, Deepak Kaushilya, Emma Collins, Zuzanna Szamocka, Pauline Dupin, Irina Diudenko, Lauren Miller, Dagmara Wis and Emma Collins.

Honorable Mention photographs by Cat Leedon, Emma Collins, Flavia Felgueiras, Marieke Zentjens and Sylvie Redmond.

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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 Alexandra Bagley, Amy Dangerfield, Anahita Avalos, Ania Zimnoch, Anna Zakharova, Antonio Pellicano, B. Proud, Benjamin Eley, Debdatta Chakraborty, Diana Hagues, Dina Rosa, Elena Petryuk, Elika Hunt, Emily Fisher, Esther Bryce, Flavia Felgueiras, Gretchen Yost, Hezy Holzman, Huan Deng, Ilze Silina, Ina Esch, Irati Ayerza Ganzarain, Iris Muñoz, Isa Rus, Jennifer Nobriga, Joosje Janssen, Juliana Holck, Kasia Rychły, Katrin Küllenberg, Laura Gutierrez, Leah Holscher, Leon Syfrit, Luka Lukasiak, Manu Rigoni, Marisela Alanis, Marta Szyszka, Melissa Baerwald, Michelle Blum, Nana Bonorino, Natalia Paraeva, Nina Gebke, Olivia Aviña, Pauline Guillet, Qiwen Xue, Sandipani Chattopadhyay, Sandra Stokmans, Sara Easter, Sarah Warburton, Shereen Khoja, Shirley Hu, Simona Dietiker, Sofia Moraga, Stefano Azario, Tobias Löhr, Vaggelis Kousioras and Yee Ling Tang.

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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.