Documentary Family Awards 2021

Submit one Free Entry to the Documentary Family Awards!


As the leading international competition of its genre, the Documentary Family Awards (DFA) is in search of outstanding photographs that reflect unique interpretations of family life.

The DFA is one of the only photo competitions in the world to stream its final round of judging in its entirety. All finalist images are included in this 2-3 day event, where winning photos are reviewed and discussed by leading photographers and editors in the industry.

Submit your photography for the chance to join award-winning photographers from over 70 countries whose work represents the best documentary family photography from around the globe.

The open categories span across all aspects of family life: Night Time, Teenagers, Joy, Faith & Religion, Pandemic, Nothing Is Better Than Real Life, Birth, Cell Phone Only, Environmental Portrait and Photo Series.

For the first time ever the DFA has opened a Young Photographers category, which is free to enter for any photographer 18 and under.


$3800 USD in cash prizes

Best Overall Award winners receive $500 (1st place), $350 (2nd place) and $250 (3rd place)and free entries into the next award cycle

1st Place Award winners in each category receive $250 USD and free entries into the next award cycle

Judges Choice Awards receive free entries into the next award cycle

Permanent online gallery published featuring all award winners, honorable mentions and finalist images

Customized Press-release for digital or print media sent to every award winner

Individual award profile created for all winners on the DFA website featuring their work

Feature Interviews and Photographer Spotlights regularly published in the DFA photo digest newsletter as well as featured across the DFA’s social media channels

Video On Demand access to the final round of judging of the March 2021 Call For Entries

Digital Award Badge for all winners and honorable mentions for use on their website or social media

Your photograph(s) published in the 2021 year-end magazine

Access to live stream judging providing hours of educational discussions directly related to the documentary family photography genre

Eyes on your work and the opportunity for critique from top photographers, educators and editors in the industry


Open to photographers of all backgrounds, levels and ages.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Artists retain full copyright to the submitted images.


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