1st Place Award in the “Grandparents” category. Photo by Pang Hai, China.

Grandparents – Award Gallery

We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 7th international competition celebrating the very best in documentary family photography.

Award winners were chosen during the final round of live-judging filmed in Denver (USA), Hawaii (USA) and Victoria (Canada) and subsequently streamed online around the world on May 11-12, 2020. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Kirsten Lewis Bethamn (United States), Jenna Shouldice (Canada) and Nancy Borowick (United States).

These award-winning photographs have been through two rounds of critical review and selection. Congratulations to the winners!

Top 10 awarded photographs by Pang Hai, Ina Esch, Elika Hunt, Agnieszka Maruszczyk, Sebastien Canaud, Katarzyna Piechowicz, Anna Nodolf and Tibor Kelemen.

Honorable Mention photographs by Desiree Walters, Gretchen Yost, Hezy Holzman, Marta Rybicka and Polona Avanzo.

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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 talented photographers Aniya Legnaro (Barbados), Rocio Vega (Spain) and Taras Bychko (Ukraine) 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, Ang Waterton, Angela Douglas Ramsey, Angelica Arbulu, Ashley Waters, Audrey Blake, Azure Mahara, Bianca Klein, Bobbi Barbarich, C. Roese Ramp, Cat Leedon, Dejan Mijović, Diana Hagues, Emily Renier, Estelle Lefevre, Fabiana Canepa, Gaelle Le Berre, Giovanna Guiotti, Gretchen Yost, Hezy Holzman, Ina Esch, Julia Matthews, Julia Völzow, Kaleen Enke, Katie Langmuir, Larry Toh, Lianna Nielsen, Lisa Hu Chen, Liz Degroff, Lyudmila Sabanina, Maite Arbildua Vega, Marcelina Bargiel, Marlene Suter, Marta Rybicka, Mei Mei, Minna Ridderstolpe, Nahum E. Holzman, Pang Hai, Patience Cleveland, Pedro Vilela, Priscilla Mondo, Qingjian Chen, Rachel Rimell, Sandra Stokmans, Sara Kölcsey-Gyurkó, Sasha Subbotina, Sebastien Canaud, Shannon Christy, Sigrid Debusschere, Sonja Stich, Tonya Mancuso, Tracy Koch, Wendy Stone and Yan Liu.

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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.