Revealing the winners of our first Collection of 2021! Click here to see the full Collection

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Lasting Impact: 58 Photographers Share The Images That Affected Their Lives

Welcome to a new group feature here on This is Reportage: Family, where we ask any of our members if they’d like to contribute – we love hearing the thoughts and opinions of our members from all over the world. There’s a question that we sometimes ask on our family photography podcast, and we thought it would make for a great feature:

“Can you think of a certain photo that you took, that’s had some kind of lasting impact…perhaps that impact has been on your career, or your confidence, your direction, or just an image that’s just particularly memorable to you for some reason?”

58 of our photographers replied, from all over the globe, and their images and words are incredible: Insightful, poignant, and often deeply moving. Many thanks to these people who, in many cases, have opened up their hearts and personal lives to share such intimate and emotional stories about why certain images have had such a lasting impact on their lives.

This is a beautiful piece, and it’s an honour to share it.

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Collection Four Judges

Honoured to reveal our judges for our first Collection of 2021! Thanks so much to the fantastic (clockwise, from top-left) Orsolya Boncser (Hungary), Jess Haverkamp (Germany), Minna Ridderstolpe (Sweden), Andrew Billington (UK) and Citlalli Rico (Mexico).

It is a brand new Awards year here at This is Reportage: Family, and the submission deadline is just a couple of days away now: Submit by 23:59 GMT on 24th January 2021. Members receive 60 Reportage Family Award entries (for individual images) and 18 Family Story Award entries per year (for a series of 15 – 20 images of a single family), all included in our membership fee.

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Photographer of the Year 2020: Rowena Meadows

It’s an honour to announce our overall Photographer of the Year 2020: The brilliant Rowena Meadows! With an incredible 14 Awards won from us in total (10 Reportage Family Awards and 4 Family Story Awards) – which is even more remarkable considering the fact that we only launched half-way through 2020, and so have had half the number of Awards Collections that we would normally have in a year – Rowena led from our very first Collection and never looked back.

It is incredibly tough to win a single Award from us, with our five judges (who change for each round) typically picking just the top few percent from the thousands of submissions we receive – so to win 14 is a remarkable feat. Many congratulations to Rowena for becoming our very first Photographer of the Year, and for thus being number one on our Top 100 Photographers Worldwide of 2020 list.

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Storyteller of the Year 2020: Pedro Vilela, Katrin Küllenberg, Menino Conhece Menina & Rowena Meadows

So excited to reveal our Storyteller of the Year 2020… and it’s a four-way tie between the brilliant Pedro Vilela, Katrin Küllenberg, Menino Conhece Menina & Rowena Meadows! All four of these exceptional photographers won four Family Story Awards each, which is an incredible feat, as it’s incredibly difficult to win just one!

To win a Family Story Award – which is for a series of 15 – 20 images of a single family – a photographer must show world-class creativity, storytelling and consistency. Our judges typically award just the top few percent of submissions, so winning a Story is difficult enough in its own right – to win four Family Story Awards in a single year (and only a half-year, at that, as This is Reportage: Family only launched half-way through 2020) is truly remarkable.

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Collection Three Judges

Very excited to reveal our five judges for our final Collection of 2020! Who will be in our Top Photographers of the year list…? Who will be our overall Photographer of the Year? We’re honoured that the following world-class photographers will be judging for us this round (clockwise, from top-left): Bex Maini (UK), Soven Amatya (UK), Andrzej Witek (Spain), Nikhol Esteras (Mexico) and Sophie Callewaert (Belgium).

The deadline is just a few days away now: Submit by 23:59 GMT on 23rd November 2020. Not a member yet? Join us to submit.

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