1st Place Award in the “Teenagers” category (Spring 2021)
1st Place Award in the “Teenagers” category (Spring 2021). Photo by Chanda Williams (United States).

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 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 6 awarded photographs by Chanda Williams, Emma Collins, Katrine Noer, Sarah Hall, Laura Oliverio and Joosje Janssen.

Honorable Mention photographs by Emma Collins, Willeke Kieft, Joanne Olson and Barbara Puchta.

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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 Aimee Hobbs, Aleksandra Klimek-Lipnicka, Alice Chapman, Allyson Klein, Anja Poehlmann, Barbara Puchta, Bobbi Barbarich, Christian Lee, Christianne Bueno, Claudia Zaffaroni, Dina Stoddard, Elika Hunt, Emma Collins, Hezy Holzman, Janet Boyko, Jennifer Nilsen, Jill Farrar, Jo Haycock, Karolina Piórkowska, Kate Elliott, Katrin Küllenberg, Kirsty Larmour, Kirsty Sycz, Kyra Barger, Lavinia Nitu, Leighann Edmonds, Lisa Chen, Melissa Read Healy, Paula Krajewska, Raluca Chase, Sarina Uilenberg, Saskia Albers, Shannon Christy, Siwanat Phongboonkoomlarp, Toby Binder and Virginie Soubrier.

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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.