Winners of the 2021 International Birth Photography Award

The beauty of childbirth: Breathtakingly intimate photographs capturing the power of labor and the first minutes of life are celebrated in international competition

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  • Winners of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographer Awards have been announced
  • Annual competition celebrates the beauty of birth photography around the world across five categories
  • First place was awarded to a Canadian photographer who captured a father cradling his daughters 

Although the pandemic has affected the pregnancy and birthing experiences for many parents around the world, the raw emotions of welcoming a new baby remains the same – as these photographs prove.

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IABP) has celebrated the best photographs capturing the breathtakingly intimate moments of labor and the first minutes of life in its annual competition. 

Winners were selected across five categories –  labor, delivery, postpartum, birth details and fresh 48 – by a panel of industry experts. 

Among the breathtaking winning photographs is an image of a father cradling his newborn daughters and surrounded by his three older girls, as well as a snap of a mother holding her newborn baby moments after giving birth in a pool of water.  

Liz Cook who is director of IABP, acknowledged that this year’s entries had increased challenges, saying: ‘Despite birth photographers worldwide losing a majority of their work and income in 2020 due to the global pandemic, I am thrilled to be able to feature the talent of our members in our annual image competition. 

‘We are incredibly proud of the entrants of this year’s competition because in spite of all we endured in our community in recent months, this contest represents the resistance birth photographers have to overcome unforeseen challenges. We are proud to present to you a breathtaking body of work that shares life’s mos powerful moments from 2020.’ 

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) have revealed the winners of their annual competition. Pictured: ‘The Greatest Love In The World’ by Anne Lucy Silva Barbosa of Anne Lucy Fotografia from Brazil. The image was named the 2021 Members Choice Diamond Award Overall

Danny Merz of danny merz | geburtsreportage from Germany, was awarded Best In Delivery by members for his breathtaking photograph titled ‘Grace’

Among the honourable mentions is a photograph by Dana Jacobs from the United States, titled ‘Of All Our Travels, This Journey Will Be Our Greatest’

Kandyce Wagar from Canada, snapped the intimate moment a mother embraced her newborn for a photograph titled, ‘This Moment 2020’. It was another honorable mention

2021 Image Competition: https://birthphotographers.com/2021-birth-photography-image-competition  International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP): http://birthphotographers.com/ 

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