1st Place Award in the “Faith & Religion” category (Spring 2021)
1st Place Award in the “Faith & Religion” category (Spring 2021). Photo by Jack Losh (United Kingdom).

Faith & Religion – Award Gallery

Single photographs that explore the rituals, spirituality, celebrations and traditional events of faith and religion

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 5 awarded photographs by Jack Losh, Hezy Holzman, Kristina Lindfors, Rajesh Dhar and David Clumpner.

Honorable Mention photographs by Hezy Holzman, Marie O’Mahony and Siwanat Phongboonkoomlarp.

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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 Allyson Klein, Alok Avinash, Anindita Roy, Canaud Sebastien, Eshant Oguri, Francisco Javier Guiñales Gutiérrez, Guie Niza Cabrera, Hezy Holzman, Huan Deng, Jobit George, Katie Haslam, Krista Cox, Kristen Gianaris, Lauren Spencer Gayeski, Liz Celeste, Łukasz Korulczyk, Maija Bondar, Maria Fernanda Fernandez, Mariana Leal, Mary Anne Webley, Matthew Jones, Monique Olive Costa Lara, Muhammad Yeriyan, Nadezda Kosyreva, Natasha Sazonova, Rachel Austin, Rachit Gupta, Ricardo General Núñez, Sandra Stokmans, Sara Easter, Saurabh Sirohiya, Sundaram Perumal, Svilen Nachev, Tasha Ford 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.