1st Place Award in the “Nothing Is Better Than Real Life” category. Photo by Manu Rigoni, Brazil.

Nothing Is Better Than Real Life – Award Gallery

We are proud to share with you the award-winning photographs from our 8th 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 homes and subsequently streamed online around the world on October 14-15, 2020. Viewers had the opportunity to watch the unfiltered discussions and constructive feedback as winners were collectively chosen by esteemed judges Jide Alakija (United States), Lawrence Jackson (United States) and Leslie Kershaw (United States).

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

Top 10 awarded photographs by Manu Rigoni, Julia Matthews, Lavinia Nitu, Nina Castro, Cornell Watson, Jason Vinson, Camila Fernanda De Campos, Gretchen Yost, Daniel Freitas and Thiago Braga.

Honorable Mention photographs by Ashley Marston, Farzana Akhtar, Karoline Saadi, Katrin Küllenberg, Lianna Nielsen, Patience Cleveland and Sybil Rondeau.

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Our preliminary round guest judges evaluated every single submission we received and selected forty or less of their favourite photographs per category to move forward to the live-judging round as finalists. Our deepest thanks to talented photographers Jacque Jackson (United States), Lafayette Hicks (United States) and Sarah Jane Rabideau (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 Adriëlle De Voogd, Agnieszka Misiewicz, Alice Mariette, Allyson Klein, Amanda Vickers, Amy Fuqua, Ana Backhaus, Andrea Brum-Oome, Angela Azevedo, Ann Owen, Anne Janzen, Annika Beauileu, Anouk B Godbout, Aung Chan Thar, Bego Amare, Bethany Braman, Caitlin Boker, Christel Kendrew, Cristina O’Mahony, Daniel Bostwick, Elika Hunt, Emma Collins, Eva Radünzel-Kitamura, Fabrizia Costa, Federica Zucchini, Fiona Russell, Frederikke Brostrup, Gabriella Feyer, Giovanna Guiotti, Gustavo Gusmão, Harmat-Szabó Ildikó, Jason Vinson, Jessica Wight, Jill Velinos, Jody Adriaenssens, Joosje Janssen, Joshua Tomlinson, Julia Kojeder, Julia Matthews, Julia Rose-Greim, Juliana Couto, Karene Jean-Baptiste, Katie Torres, Kristina Lindfors, Krysta Shippelt, Laura Davidson, Lauren Gayeski, Lie Xiao, Linsey Aandewiel, Lisa Coker, Lisa Underwood, Loren Haar, Lori Gospodyn, Lyndsay Mcniff, Magdalena Adamczak, Maria Alekseeva, Marina Beschastnova, Meghan Endahl, Melissa Rabbitt, Nina Gebke, Olivia Tomkins, Pedro Vilela, Pranab Basak, Raquel O’Czerny, Rebecca Griffiths, Sacha Alfonzo, Sanne De Block, Sara Easter, Shae Dwyer, Stephana Ferrell, Subhojit Dutta, Sven Berger, Tabea Hörnlein, Tani Crotty, Tibor Kelemen, Tracy Koch, Virginie Bouyer and Людмила Sabanina.

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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.