Born yesterday: Photography contest celebrates the emotions of childbirth

April 30, 2023

Bringing a new life into the world is one of the most powerful human experiences. And thanks to birth photographers, families are able to have a record of these highly emotional moments, reports My Modern Met.

Thanks to the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP), families have access to birth photographers from around the world. The group’s annual Birth Photography Image Competition is a way to show off their work, which honors the beauty and fervor of childbirth.

Now in its 13th year, the competition is open to the 1,100 members of IAPBP from 52 countries. They are able to submit their work to four categories—birth details, labor, delivery, and postpartum. And, for the first time, the photo competition also includes four subcategories—black and white, documentary, fine art, and hardship and loss.

The winning imagery captures the full range of childbirth—from water births to cesarean sections to the incredible moment when a child takes its first breath. But, at the same time, the competition also acknowledges that giving birth does not always mean taking a child home. The new hardship and loss subcategory is a reminder that still-born and miscarried babies also need to be honored; and that through photography, families who experience loss will always be able to carry their children with them.

“We are thrilled to continue offering a new, impactful, and powerful subcategory titled hardship & loss,” shared the organization. “We desire to honor the 1 in 4 birthing persons who experience miscarriage and/or loss and inviting images of these events into our celebration of birth photography is one way we can do this.”

Head over to the IAPBP website to see the full winner’s gallery.

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