1st Place: Nothing Is Better Than Real Life
by Kaleen Enke, United States.

Category: Nothing Is Better Than Real Life

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

The guest judges for the Nothing Is Better Than Real Life category were Dylan E. Richards, Erika Jensen-Mann and Tasneem Alsultan. Each of them evaluated every single submission we received and carefully selected thirty or less of their favourite photographs. Award winners were then chosen by Kirsten Lewis Bethmann, Jenna Shouldice and Ryan Christopher Jones, based on the guest judges selections, during our live broadcast of the final round.

The first 10 photos are ranked from 1st to 10th place. If Honorable Mentions were selected, they are given equal weight in no particular order.

(To see full-size photos, click or tap an image)

This award cycle was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors:




The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.