The annual competition by IAPBP celebrates the beauty of birth and the skill of birth photographers around the globe in three categories – labor, delivery and postpartum. The number one birth association worldwide, encompasses more than 1,350 members in 37 countries.
The association’s annual photo competition recognizes its members and their best work on an international platform. The contest has grown in scope each year. Highly anticipated, the results quickly go viral each year when the winners are announced. Images are judged on a variety of criteria and the first place winner will be featured on media outlets worldwide. Large websites like HuffingtonPost, Baby Center, and The Bump have featured the contest winners.
“Our Association has grown by leaps and bounds and our members continually produce excellent, emotive, invaluable birth photographs for the families that hire them,” said Lindsay Stradtner, founder of the organization and competition.
IAPBP has assembled an impressive panel of judges for this year’s competition that include Emmy award-winning pop culture icon, Ricki Lake, and Abby Epstein, producer and director of the documentary “The Business of Being Born” that was named Best of the Fest at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Morag Hastings, is a professional birth photographer in Vancouver, BC. Hastings co-created the Canadian Birth Photographers listings page, birthphotographers.ca, as well as runs a busy facebook page with over 20,000 followers. Her image of a woman in the shower, laboring at home, "The Surge" won this year best in Labour category in the IAPBP contest.
The image titled "It calls to her both loudly and softly in song." by Krista Evans, won honorable mention. Krista Evans is a birth photographer based in Kelowna, BC.
“Birth photography does so much more than create individual images; it tells a beautiful story of families being created and falling in love. Professional birth photographers tell these stories in a way that parents can look back on with amazement and wonder as they remember the day of their baby's birth,” said fellow directory co-founder and Vancouver B.C. birth photographer Morag Hastings.
Hiring a birth photographer can cost from $800-$3,000 CND and includes photographs captured from active labour until two hours after the child is born. The Canadian Birth Photography listings page lists over 90 birth photographers across Canada. Find a birth photographer near you at www.birthphotographers.ca
These are some of the beautiful images our Canadian Birth Photographers submitted to the contest. Nice work ladies!!
Birth Photographer Edmonton - Melissa Appleton
Like what you see check out our blog post 30 Canadian Birth Photos That Will Make You Want To Have Another Baby.