Submissions are open for the second round of 2020 awards!

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Black Lives Matter · Pandemic · Birth · The Unconventional Portrait · Cell Phone Only · Nothing Is Better Than Real Life · Photo Series

Friends, the Documentary Family Awards is officially open for submissions!  Half-way into a year filled with unpredictable setbacks and an overdue call for moral growth, we’re looking forward to a heavy dose of photo inspiration.

For this current round of Awards, we are excited to announce an all-black panel of judges, including our preliminary round and final round judges.

Our guest judges for the preliminary round of judging are Jacque JacksonLafayette Hicks and Sarah Jane Rabideau.  We could not be more honoured to have all three of these photographers lending their expertise as they select the photographs that will move on to the final round of judging.

Our audience and judges are continually inspired by photographs that creatively and artistically raise the standards of documentary family photography.  We can’t wait to see the work that you are putting out into the world!

In an ongoing effort to support photographers financially affected by COVID-19, we are offering 50% off all submissions, as well as 1 FREE ENTRY per photographer.

Submission deadline September 1, 2020

Preliminary Round Guest Judges

Banner photo by guest judge Lafayette Hicks.

The Documentary Family Awards is an international competition in search of the insightful and meaningful ways that documentary photographers explore the interpretation of family.