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Top 10 Storytellers of the Year 2021

A Family Story Award is given to the very best series of 15 – 20 images, all of a single family – and winning one is incredibly difficult! A photographer needs to demonstrate a world-class level of creativity, storytelling and consistency, across all those images, and our judges typically award just the top few percent of submissions. Winning a single Story is an achievement in itself; to have won multiple Stories within the same year – as all these photographers have done – is truly incredible.

Special congratulations to our Storyteller of the Year, Sabine Doppelhofer, who won an incredible 13 Family Story Awards. One of her Awards is above.

As well as the Top 10 Storytellers Worldwide list below, you can also view our Top 100 Photographers in the World, and we also have Top 10 rankings for the following countries: Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, UK and the USA.

*Ranking is determined by overall number of Awards won in 2021; in the case of a tie, the photographer who won the most Family Story Awards ranks higher.

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#1. Sabine Doppelhofer

13 Family Story Awards in 2021

Austria

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=#2. Ang Waterton

5 Family Story Awards in 2021

Canada

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=#2. Jennifer Schäufelin

5 Family Story Awards in 2021

Germany

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=#4. Kirsten Bethmann

4 Family Story Awards in 2021

USA

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=#4. Katrin Küllenberg

4 Family Story Awards in 2021

Germany

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=#4. Susan Eikenaar

4 Family Story Awards in 2021

Netherlands

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=#7. Gretchen Yost

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

USA

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=#7. Julia Völzow

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

Germany

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=#7. Laura Beth Davidson

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

USA

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=#7. Rowena Meadows

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

Australia

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=#7. Barbara Puchta

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

Germany

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=#7. Louise van den Broek

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

Netherlands

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=#7. Magdalena Mosler

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

Spain

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=#7. Lisa Winner

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

USA

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=#7. Nikhol Esteras

3 Family Story Awards in 2021

Mexico

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