IAPBP 2017 Image of the Year Competition

Lubbock, TX IAPBP Member

Y'all, I did something I absolutely do not feel worthy of doing. I entered in to a competition amongst the elite of birth photographers all around the world. I took a chance knowing I am extremely under-experienced compared to most of these incredible professionals. The International Associate of Professional Birth Photographers annual Image of the Year Competition had ~600 images entered! I entered 4 out of those 600. FOUR!

Just before I submitted my entries doubt set in pretty deep, but the words of Monet Moutrie changed my perception of the entire competition.  

This work is bigger than us. And when ANY birth image gets seen and shared, we should celebrate. ...Remember that the point of this contest (or any of our contests) is to simply show the world that birth IS beautiful. We’re lucky to be in an industry where our art can actually improve the physical lives of those who view it. Pretty incredible.
— Monet Moutrie

I changed my perception from an individual with fear of losing to being a part of a bigger movement with a drive to empower birth. I submitted 4 photos, one for each category: labor, birth, postpartum, and details. I now can say I did not enter to win, I entered for much bigger reasons than personal recognition.

Enjoy these four photos that brought me so much joy as a captured them in 2016! Let me know what you think, and thank you for all your encouragement this past year!


Labor

Fighting Supportive Hands

Fighting Supportive Hands

Delivery

Joyful Finale

Joyful Finale

Postpartum

Beautiful Blessing

Beautiful Blessing

Details

Tiny But Mighty

Tiny But Mighty