• Is cropping, straightening or lens correction allowed?

    Cropping, straightening and lens correction done minimally is allowed. If your photo has been cropped significantly or a major noticeable straightening adjustment has been done, it may affect the photo making it through to the final round. All decisions made by the current judges are up to their discretion.

  • Can a Business or Studio submit a photo under a business name?

    Every submission needs to be submitted under one individual’s name, that of the photographer who took the photo(s). If you work in a collective or for a studio, you can add the business Instagram account as the credit. And of course, we encourage you to share any awards through your…

  • Do you send a confirmation email after a submission?

    Yes, you will receive an automatic email confirming you have submitted and that your photos have been received for consideration. If you can’t find the auto-response, make sure you check your spam/junk folders.

  • Is there a special definition of “family?”

    We consider the definition of family to be as broad as you wish. Subjects in the photographs entered can be of any age, any gender, related or unrelated, close family members or distant friends. A more comprehensive definition can be found here: documentaryfamilyawards.com/open-categories/

  • How do I submit using the Picter platform?

    Please watch the following tutorial from one of our co-founders, Tristan Shouldice, for submission tips when navigating the Picter platform to create a free account and submit photos for entries: https://www.loom.com/share/7e241c64383248a187280d1d6c8c7e40 Do you want to rearrange the order of your photos or add a new project? Those answers and more…

  • Do I still need myDFA account on the Documentary Family Awards website?

    Yes. This account is used to manage your award profile where you can upload a bio photo, add a written bio and social media links. Please submit this information in your myDFA account and ensure it remains up-to-date. Your award profile is made public if you win one or more…

  • Do I have to log in to enter?

    Yes. We now use Picter to manage all submissions. Photographs sent by email, social media direct messages or any other service will not be considered. To enter our awards, please create your free Picter account here: https://app.picter.com/signup. If you already use Picter, you can login using your existing account.

  • What are the requirements for submitting nudity or sensitive content?

    By submitting your photos to the Documentary Family Awards, you agree that you have the full consent of every adult in your photo, including any children and their legal guardian or representative’s consent. You understand that by submitting your photos they may be used to promote Documentary Family Awards which…

  • Can I submit a manipulated photo?

    No digital manipulation of any photo submitted is allowed beyond standard editing practices. Allowed editing/toning techniques include white balance, color, contrast, dodging and burning. Digital manipulation not allowed includes cloning, patching, or any form of pixel manipulation that alters or removes content from the original photo (the exception being sensor…

  • What is the judging criteria for the awards?

    Judges will be making decisions based on: Adherence to category-specific rules Originality Strength of voice or point of view Intentionality Strength of moment and composition The photograph’s ability to transcend or elevate the genre The photograph’s ability to resonate with the viewer

  • What are the image size requirements for entering?

    Please note the following requirements when submitting images to the Documentary Family Awards: Aspect Ratio: We accept any aspect ratio. Image Dimension: At least 3000px on the long edge.  Image Size: Maximum file size of each photo should be 50MB. Image File Type: jpg. Toning: Color or Black & White only. No…

  • How do I enter and upload my photos?

    Before starting, visit the Call For Entries Page and click on the one you wish to enter. Follow the links to upload your photos using Picter. Submissions are only accepted through the Picter platform. Photographs sent by email, social media direct messages or any other service will not be considered….