1st Place Award in the “Pandemic” category (Spring 2021). Photo by Lilia Pereira (Argentina).

Pandemic – Award Gallery

Single photographs that reflect the COVID-19 pandemic experience and its wide ranging effects on family life.

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 Lilia Pereira, Nimrod Mankovski, Hezy Holzman, Giuseppe Cardoni, Buffy Goodman, Vaggelis Kousioras, Rajat Kumar Das, Tracy Vagg, Alicia Thwaites and Allyson Klein.

Honorable Mention photographs by Lisa Winner.

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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 Anna Hernik, Anna Syguła, Ashlene Nairn, Cássia Scarsi Visnhieski, Catherine Harder, Chanda Williams, Chelsey Ellis, Christianne Bueno, Diana Feil, Ewa Burns, Ewelina Strzelczyk, Flavia Felgueiras, Fleur Gedamke, Franziska Nauck, Giovanna Guiotti, Hezy Holzman, Ina Esch, Irina Ginzburg, Jaelle Francoeur, Jialu Yan, Johanna King, Julia Matthews, Justin Mcgregor, Kaleen Enke, Kelly Meier, Kirsty Larmour, Kristi Perley-Robertson, Lauren Forster, Loren Haar, Maria Papadopoulos, Meghan Jones, Melissa Baerwald, Miriam Guadalupe Jimenez Cabrera, Olga Sukhikh, Paula Gerein, Sandra Stokmans, Tabea Hörnlein and Valerie Shively.

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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.