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Family Photography Blog

Welcome to the family photography blog from This is Reportage: Family! This is the area of the site where we'll be bringing you all our latest features; a veritable treasure-trove of documentary family photography goodness! Check back regularly for new features.

Join Us For Our First Live Photo Critique

Join us for our very first Facebook Live! On Tuesday May 4th 2021 (7pm BST / 8pm CEST / 2pm EDT), the fab Nienke Koedijk, Julia Rose-Greim, and myself (Alan Law, TiR:F Founder) will be doing a live critique of some of our members’ documentary family captures.

The Live will be over on our Facebook page, and viewable for everyone; not just members (but only TiR:F members are able to submit images to be critiqued, and, after the Live, the video will only be available to re-watch for members, too.)

Hope to see you there!

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Giveaway: Win All 3 Editions of This Detailed Life Magazine

We’ve teamed up with This Detailed Life to give one lucky TiR:F winner an amazing prize of ALL 3 editions of the magazine to date – QUARANTINE, CELEBRATE and COLOUR (see details below)!

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How To Become An Award-Winning Photographer by Sara Paolucci (Collection 5 Judge)

We’re honoured to have one of our recent judges (for Collection Five) – the fab Sara Paolucci – write this piece for us today, where she explores her thoughts on judging, and tips for becoming an award-winning photographer. She also shares some of her personal favourite awards from the Collection. That’s Sara above, along with her own Reportage Family Awards, won in previous Collections.

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Collection Five Judges

Excited to reveal our judges for Collection Five! It’s an honour to have the fantastic (clockwise, from top-left) Ruan Redelinghuys (South Africa), Liesbeth Parlevliet (Netherlands), Kristof Claeys (Belgium), Sara Paolucci (Italy) and Erica Hawkins (UK) poring over our thousands of submissions for this round.

The submission deadline is just days away now: Submit by 23:59 GMT on 24th March 2021. Members receive 60 Reportage Family Award entries (for the best individual captures), and 18 Family Story Award entries (for a series of 15 – 20 images of a single family) per year, and many more benefits.

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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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