1st Place Award in the “Person’s Best Friend” category (Fall 2021). Photo by Sam Ang ​Ourng (Cambodia).

Person’s Best Friend – Award Gallery

Single photographs that explore the relationships and interactions of pets and animals with humans.

We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 10th 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 Miami (USA), Victoria (Canada) and Denver (USA). The final round of judging in its entirety was subsequently streamed online over three days from January 24th-26th, 2022. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Carl-Philippe Juste, Jenna Shouldice and Kirsten Bethmann.

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

Top 10 awarded photographs by Sam Ang ​Ourng, Ewa Burns, Jessica Wight, Rebecca Lord-Lyon, Emma Collins, Erin Byrne, Dagmara Wis, Giovanna Guiotti, Sam Ang ​Ourng and Sabine Doppelhofer.

Honorable Mention photographs by Adina Davidson, Gretchen Yost, Julia Matthews, Matteo Costa, Mauge Casal and Urszula Mendyk.

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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 Irmina Walczak (Poland), Julia Chang-Lomonico (United States) and Zun Lee (Canada) 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 Alice Chapman, Amanda Dalby, Andrea Brum-Oome, Aneka Schwerdtfeger, Asli Baykal, Barbara Puchta, Bobbi Barbarich, Camila Butcher, Christopher Port, Deborah Schär, Emma Collins, Geneve M Rege, Gerrit De Heus, Giovanna Guiotti, Hezy Holzman, Irina Diudenko, Jena Love, Jenna Hobbs, Jess Cheetham, Jessica Hubbard, Jessica Jankowski, Joanna Milcarz, Julia Matthews, Kristina Lindfors, Laura Mcdonald, Lavinia Nitu, Liz Celeste, Magdalena Liput, Mara Trilla, Marta Menano, Megan Macdonald, Melanee Lenora, Melissa Read Healy, Nichole Quinn, Nina Gebke, Paula Gerein, Paula Krajewska, Prescott Lassman, Rebecca Lewis, Sabine Doppelhofer, Sandra Stokmans, Sara Easter, Sarah Steffen, Sean Ellingson, Shannon Christy, Shirley Hu, Sindy Knapp, Sven Berger, Tamara Pinco, Valerie Shively 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.