1st Place Award in the “Nothing Is Better Than Real Life” category. Photo by Branka Bhoyrul, Bolivia.

Nothing Is Better Than Real Life – 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 Branka Bhoyrul, Aly Nickerson, Adriana Lucaciu, Elika Hunt, Jill Velinos, Łukasz Klimek, Minna Ridderstolpe, Margaret Albaugh, Desiree Walters and Siliang Wang.

Honorable Mention photographs by Jennifer Kreager, Julia Matthews, Lori Atchison, Marta Rybicka, Olivia Tomkins, Qingyi Ye and Sherry Tong.

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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 Alicia Thwaites, Ana Matijaca, Andrii Mur, Angela Azevedo, Angela Baron, Bianca Klein, Bobbi Barbarich, C. Roese Ramp, Cara Bettcher, Carlos Porfírio, Corrina Holburn, David Masdeu, Elisse Weinert, Emma Collins, Eugenia Vujacic, Franziska Kestel Frederik Jacobovits De Szeged, Frederikke Brostrup, Gaelle Le Berre Gonda Meurs, Gretchen Yost, Ina Esch, Jacint Juhasz, Jiaolan Zhu, Jill Velinos, Kandyce Joeline, Karen Brunel Lafargue, Katie Alicea, Katie Haslam, Katie Langmuir, Katrina Ferguson, Kelly Bell, Kelly Meier, Kim De Graeve, Kirill Mihalchenko, Kris Moya, Lisandro Castro, Lori Martinez, Lori Potrykus, Louise Why, Magdalena Adamczak, Marieke Zentjens, Minna Ridderstolpe, Molly O’Callaghan, Nahum E. Holzman, Nicki Navarro, Sabrina Schoenfeld, Sandra Stokmans, Shadmi Shadmi, Sherry Tong, Sophie Callewaert, Stacey Cavalier, Tina Rewkowski, Tracy Koch and Virginia Reese.

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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.