1st Place Award in the “Environmental Portrait” category (Spring 2021). Photo by Juliana Vivolo (Brazil).

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 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 Juliana Vivolo, Charlotte Hueso, Ariane Audet, Tiffany Luong, Sofia Moraga, Marijn Fidder, Paola Ismene, Emma Collins, Jess Cheetham and Susan White.

Honorable Mention photographs by Fernanda Luz and Grit Hartung.

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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 Aimee Hobbs, Alina Goroaia Vincenti, Allyson Klein, Amanda Dalby, Angie Gray, Anindita Roy, Antonina Mamzenko, Ariella Gibson, Barbara Puchta, Ben Heasman, Bongeka Ngcobo, Brian Selden, Caroline Hodge, Chhor Estelle, Colleen Ordonez Muller, Cornell Watson, Daisy Noyes, David Cossini, Debdatta Chakraborty, Diana Hagues, Donna Graybill, Emily Fisher, Emma Collins, Farzana Akhtar, Gretchen Yost, Hernan Blanco, Hezy Holzman, Huan Deng, Jialu Yan, Jo Haycock, Julia Matthews, Kaleen Enke, Karah Mew, Kelly Meier, Lauren Spencer Gayeski, Lavinia Nitu, Lee-Ann Olwage, Lisa Winner, Łukasz Klimek, Mara Trilla, Marieke Zentjens, Megan Yanz, Melissa Read Healy, Michaela Nagyidaiová, Nadezda Kosyreva, Nina Gebke, Nino Ninography, Paula Dau, Rebecca Wang, Sandra Stokmans, Sara Easter, Sara Paolucci, Sjors Van Gils, Sven Berger, Thiago Cintra Braga, Viktorija Sivakova and Wendy Stone.

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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.