1st Place Award in the “Young Photographers” category (Spring 2021). Photo by Amit Bose (Bangladesh).

Young Photographers (18 or under only) – Award Gallery

Single photographs that document any aspect of family life from the perspective of a young photographer.

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 10 awarded photographs by Amit Bose, Michara Bielefeldt, Ilke Bower, Zoë Gil—Franjou, Indigo Larmour, Rebecca Simcic, Marie-Gigitte van den Eerenbeemt, James Schneider and Micah Ford.

Honorable Mention photographs by Alina Bower, Hannah Toh, Larissa Sycz, Indigo Larmour and Laurelin Chase.

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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 Alina Bower, Femi-Noah Bello, Ibrahim FILALI ZEHRI, Ilke Bower, Indigo Larmour, Joy Aycock, Larissa Sycz, Laurelin Chase, Marcus Delker, Marie-Gigitte van den Eerenbeemt, Maya Anticole, Rebecca Simcic, Sarah Moreau and Tripoom Chongpipatanasook.

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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.