1st Place Award in the “Joy” category (Spring 2021). Photo by Alok Avinash (India).

Joy – Award Gallery

Single photographs that reflect the human experience of joy.

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 Alok Avinash, Giovanna Guiotti, Magdalena Mosler, Ewelina Strzelczyk, Huan Deng, Stephanie Kamstra, Cornell Watson, Jordan Lyall, Miriam Jave and Lisa Murray.

Honorable Mention photographs by Gerrit De Heus, Polona Avanzo, Rina Chan and Shannon Christy.

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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 Agata Szymanowicz, Aimee Hobbs, Alina Goroaia Vincenti, Allyson Klein, Amanda Thirkill, Antonina Mamzenko, Ashley Marston, Barbara Fellner, Cameron Dever, Cornell Watson, Deirdre Rusk, Desiree Walters, Diana Feil, Diana Hagues, Elisse Weinert, Ellen Speiser, Eshant Oguri, Ewa Burns, Felicia Bohm, Giovanna Guiotti, Gloria Wong, Gretchen Yost, Hannah Smith, Hannah Terry, Hezy Holzman, Huiping Fang, Ildikó Harmat-Szabó, Izabela Waleszczyńska, James Schneider, Jennifer Vaughan, Johanna King, Joni Pereira, Joshua Wilson, Julia Matthews, Julia Rose-Greim, Julia Völzow, Julieta Ramos, Kristi Tamcsin, Lara Agnew, Larry Toh, Madeleine Bolle, Magdalena Adamczak, Marisela Alanis, Marta Szyszka, Meagan Gumpert, Melissa Baerwald, Mia Davies, Mo Qi, Monique Olive Costa Lara, Nina Gebke, Olga Kuzminskaya, Olga Sukhikh, Patrícia Faustino, Polina Subbotina, Rachel Austin, Raquel O’Czerny, Saskia Albers, Shannon Christy, Sherry Tong, Stephanie Kamstra, Tamara Pinco, Virginia Morán and Wendi Matt.

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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.