1st Place Award in the “Teenagers” category (Fall 2021). Photo by Bobbi Barbarich (Canada).

Teenagers – Award Gallery

Single photographs that document the life of or around the teenage experience.

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 Bobbi Barbarich, Katrin Küllenberg, Jordan Lyall, Lavinia Nitu, Julia Völzow, Joni Pereira, Paula Krajewska, Toby Binder, Kristi Tamcsin and Iris Muñoz.

Honorable Mention photographs by Kate Elliott, Maria Papadopoulos, Molly O’Callaghan and Sandra Stokmans.

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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, Allyson Klein, Barbara Puchta, Bobbi Barbarich, Clara Andrade, Denisa Manaskova, Diana Feil, Diana Hagues, Dina Rosa, Emilie Marchandise, Emma Collins, Enrico Genovesi, Erin Byrne, Giuseppe Cardoni, Gretchen Yost, Jennifer Nilsen, Jennifer Nobriga, Jessica Jankowski, Joni Pereira, Julia Rose-Greim, Katrin Küllenberg, Kelly Meier, Krystle Schofield, Kyra Barger, Laszlo Lasztovicza, Laura Gutierrez, Lauren Gayeski, Lavinia Nitu, Lisa Chen, Luca Giuseppe Carlo Gandin, Marcela Rafea, Maria Orlova, Melissa Baerwald, Melissa Read Healy, Noor Kaur Randhawa, Paula Janka Meisel, Paula Krajewska, Rebecca Lewis, Rina Ginzburg, Shannon Christy, Soenke Christian Weiss, Toby Binder, Valentina Polovnikova and Vincent-Natasha Gay.

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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.