1st Place Award in the “Water” category (Fall 2021). Photo by Duy-Phuong Le Nguyen (Vietnam).

Water – Award Gallery

Single photographs that explore the experience and presence of water in family life.

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 Duy-Phuong Le Nguyen, Jessica Mccall, Agueda Sanfiz, Jessica Hodgson, Agueda Sanfiz, Laura Gutierrez, João Coelho, Subhajit Naskar, Sandra Stokmans and Julia Rose-Greim.

Honorable Mention photographs by Adina Davidson, Allyson Klein, Alok Avinash, Barbara Puchta, Emma Collins, Kirby Croin, Lisa Chen, Megan Yates and Theo Manusaride.

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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, Amy Boyd, Amy Fuqua, Angie Gray, Barbara Puchta, Britta Eiberger, Cat Leedon, Colleen Ordoñez Muller, Danielle Jacobson, Deirdre Rusk, Diana Hagues, Elika Hunt, Emma Collins, Ewa Burns, Flavia Felgueiras, Flávia Martins, Fred Huening, Ian Curcio, Joke De Wilde, Joosje Janssen, Julia Kojeder, Julia Völzow, Juliana Holck, Katarzyna Cypryś-Ławniczak, Katie Langmuir, Kelly Meier, Kristi Tamcsin, Laura Beth Davidson, Linnea Geiger, Lisa Murray, Liz Celeste, Magdalena Mosler, Maggie Devereux, Maria Montero Tovar, Melissa Baerwald, Melissa Read Healy, Micaela Thomas, Nichole Quinn, Nina Gebke, Paula Gerein, Rhiannon Lloyd-Hughes, Sabine Doppelhofer, Sarah Harris, Shannon Christy, Sharday Swanepoel, Sherry Tong, Sofia Freitas, Stephanie Kamstra, Sylvie Redmond, Tabea Hörnlein, Tamara Pinco, Tibor Kelemen, Tobias Löhr, Tracy Botica, Tracy Koch, Viktorija Sivakova and Xiaoman Cai.

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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.