We are pleased to announce and launch the 2012 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition. Each year, IAPBP recognizes excellence in birth photography. We hope you will join us in sharing beautiful images of birth with our members, our Judges, our friends, family, fans, and ultimately, the world.
WHO MAY ENTER
You must be a current member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. If you are not a member, and would like to join, you can do so here.
HOW TO ENTER
- Each entry shall consist of an entry form and one birth photograph.
- You must complete an entry form with the required information, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, and release.
- Only one photograph may be submitted per member.
- Once your entry and image have been submitted, that submission is final and images may not be swapped out or replaced.
- Images must be in digital format only.
- All digital files must be 1 MB or smaller and in JPG format.
- Images must be no greater than 600px wide.
- Photograph must have been taken within the 2012 calendar year, January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
- Both black and white and color images are acceptable.
- The photograph must be a single work of original material taken by the entrant.
- By entering the competition, the participant acknowledges that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights of any person or entity.
- Small, non-obtrusive watermarks are acceptable. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers reserves the right to ask entrants to reduce the size of the watermark if we feel it is to large or takes away from the overall image and presentation. If we do not receive an edited image upon request within 24 hours the entry will be disqualified. You may re-enter the same image with the adjusted watermark if it is submitted before the end of the competition deadline as stated below.
- Upon request, each entrant must be prepared to provide a signed release from all persons who appear in the photograph submitted authorizing the photographer and its authorized parties to reproduce, distribute and display the entry in connection with the competition. Failure to provide such releases upon request may result in disqualification at any time during the competition and selection of an alternate winner.
- Each entry will judged separately by the panel of Judges based on creativity and photographic quality. In the event of a tie, the tied entries will be re-submitted to the Judges for a re-judging between the tied entries alone. Decisions of the judges are final.
- Winners will be notified by email.
- Winners will be determined as follows:
1st Place Winner
People’s Choice Award
- The 1st Place Winner will have the opportunity to be published in Midwifery Today Magazine, at the discretion of the entrant. Additionally, the winning image will be featured on the front page of Birthphotographer.com, the photographer will be featured on the front page and in a featured photographer blog post. The winning image will also be used on the Birthphotographers.com facebook timeline.
- The Peoples Choice Award will be determined by popular vote. Entrants may request their clients, friends, family and fans to vote for their image. Entrants may not pay, barter or reward in any way a person who votes for their image. Voting is limited to one vote per person. Images will be numbered and displayed on birthphotographers.com with a voting system. The total number of votes for the competition and the Peoples Choice Award will be shared at the end of the competition. Only the Peoples Choice Award will be determined by the popular vote, all other winners will be chosen by the Judges. It is possible for the Peoples Choice Award to also receive a winning submission as determined by the Judges.
All entries must be submitted and received by ***insert date and time***November 30, 2012 at 11:59:00 p.m. ET.
Winners will be announced on: ****insert date and time here****
THE FINE PRINT
If for any reason the competition is not capable of running as planned, The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the competition. If The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers elects to cancel or terminate the competition, we will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs. This contest is void where prohibited. By entering, entrants also agree to be bound by these Official Rules; that the decisions of the Judges are final and binding with respect to all matters relating to the competition; and if the entrant wins that Sponsor may use the winning photographs and each winner’s name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except where prohibited by law). The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these official rules or who tampers with the entry process.
Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder. Previously, she was the executive editor of Rangefinder, and before that she worked at Photo District News for 26 years, as managing and then deputy editor. She is the author of two books: Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012), on photographer Elizabeth Messina’s photography. Jacqueline loves reviewing photographers work at portfolio reviews during The Palm Springs Photo Festival at PhotoPlus Expo in Manhattan each year, as well as at WPPI Las Vegas, and various WPPI road shows and University events throughout the year. She currently lives in New York City, loves to spoil her 5 nieces and nephews, is a huge movie buff, and fell in love with making photographs and processing black-and white film in her dad’s darkroom when she was a kid.
Hailing from the beautiful state of Wyoming, Michelle Kane is the developer of photo editing tools for photographers. Her robust Photoshop actions are editing staples for thousands of photographers around the world. Michelle has been featured in various photography publications, as well as served as a contributor to a number of online photography sites. She occasionally photographs clients and models, but spends most of her time blogging free editing tutorials, articles, and how-to videos. She enjoys sharing her photography and editing knowledge with others and strives to be a blessing to others through her work.Michelle Kane Photography + Actions
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Peggy O’Mara founded Mothering.com in 1995. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has lectured and conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League International, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four.Peggy O’Mara on Facebook
Angie Arthur, along with Amy Lucurto, are the founders of I Heart Faces. As moms, their photography journey began by being centered around their children… and the wonderful emotions that their faces convey. In late 2008, they realized there was no website focused on sharing photos of beautiful and unique faces. That’s when the idea for I Heart Faces was born!
Amy & Angie are passionate about teaching and inspiring women to be creative and follow their dreams. See Angie and Amy on My Craft Channel this fall as they host their very own show with tips and tricks about photography!I Heart Faces on Facebook
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Jan Tritten is the founder, mother and editor-in-chief of Midwifery Today magazine and a midwife who was in active practice from 1977–1989. She became a midwife in 1977 after the powerful home birth of one of her daughters. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. She does this by organizing Midwifery Today conferences around world as well as publishing the magazine. One of her favorite tasks is to look at photos of mothers and babies and births so she is honored to participate in this competition.
Jennifer block is a journalist frequently covering women’s health and reproductive justice. She is the author of Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, which was named a “Best of” by Kirkus Reviews.www.jenniferblock.com
Since the birth of her first child in 2006, Lynn has completed doula trainings with DONA International, Yoga Birth Method and Hypnobabies, and is a certified yoga instructor through Core Power Yoga, in addition to completing over 100 hours of additional prenatal specific yoga instructor training. She has also been working with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein – documentary film makers of the landmark “The Business of Being Born” and “More Business of Being Born” in the role of Marketing Director/Website Administrator since 2010. Currently, Lynn is studying to be a Certified Nurse Midwife.
Laura is a nationally published photographer in Phoenix, Arizona known for her modern, fresh and colorful approach to photography. Her work has appeared in such publications as Professional Photographer Magazine, BabyTalk magazine, Celebrate Magazine and on HGTV.com, among others. Laura is honored to have been a featured photographer in ads for MpixPro. She travels often for sessions and will be visiting many major cities throughout the U.S. in 2013 for sessions in addition to offering workshops in Phoenix.Laura Winslow Photography
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Jill Krause is the voice behind BabyRabies.com, where she chronicles life after baby fever became baby rabies, leaving her with no choice but to become a mom. She’s now mother to two, and has another on the way. Jill tries to write candidly, with a sense of humor about life as a mom. She also likes to focus on photography, and using it to document and share all the small and ordinary details of family life she knows she’ll miss the most 20 years from now. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest too.
Kevin Kubota opened Kubota Photo Design Inc. in 1990 as a wedding and portrait studio. Kubota Photo Design is now the umbrella company for Kubota Image Tools, Asuka Book USA and Red Boot Design. All these companies work together to help professional photographers Capture, Enhance, and Present their images at the highest professional level.
Kevin’s official title is Idea Guy, having professionally photographed, created software, authored books, and taught workshops worldwide while running his four successful companies. He originated the widely-popular Digital Photography Bootcamp® workshop, running continuously since 2002.
His published works include the award-winning, Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook: 101 Lighting Styles and Setups for Digital Photographers, published by Wiley, and Digital Photography Boot Camp: A Step-by-Step Guide for Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographers, Second Edition, published by Amherst Media. Kevin’s software product portfolio includes workflow training products and award-winning image enhancing tools for Lightroom® and Photoshop®. Kubota’s innovative DASHBOARD™ Photoshop plugin has become the de facto standard for serious photographers worldwide.
Kevin was awarded the Monte Zucker Humanitarian Award, presented to photographers who are significantly involved in their community and various charitable endeavors. Specifically cited for this award was Kevin’s creation of Bend, Oregon’s Family Photo Day in the Park in 2000. This annual event serves hundreds of disadvantaged local families via social service agencies. He has also helped other photographers launch the same type of event in their communities.
Kevin has been featured in American Photo magazine as one of the “Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World”. He is listed as a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, and for 2013 he is recognized as one of the Most Influential People by Shutter Magazine.
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Matthew Rogalski, MD is an OB-Gyn in Cumberland, Rhode Island. He received a B.S. in Biology and French at the University of Connecticut, followed by medical school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. After medical school, having decided to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology, he did his residency at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He now practices general Obstetrics and Gynecology in Northern RI where he lives with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Nolan and Layne.
Tara is entirely self-taught on Canon equipment and has been photographing the big and little people in her life for the last thirteen years. She strives to document everyone who hires her in an honest, artful way. Tara lives in southern California as close to the beach as she can afford with her husband, four children, lots of music, and a backyard full of succulents.
Sunday Tortelli serves as President Elect for DONA International, the most respected doula training and certifying organization in the world. She lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area where she offers her services as childbirth educator, birth doula, birth doula trainer and lactation counselor. Visit DONA International’s web site at www.DONA.org and join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/DONAInternational.
Keren lives just outside of Seattle and has been married for almost 9 years with 2 wonderful children and one more due this March! She started photographing births almost 3 years ago and has been a part of nearly 40 births now. She has always been a “birth junkie” and loves the adrenaline rush that comes every time she gets “the call”. It wasn’t until she was invited to shoot a friends birth, that it clicked, this is what she wanted to do. It was a perfect mix of her combined loves, birth and photography. Keren averages 2-3 births a month and is a natural light photographer. She won the Birthphotographers.com “photo of the year” contest for 2011 and since then, has gotten the opportunity to talk about birth photography all over including the NY Times, on CBS’s “Right This Minute”, and even gets to have some of her photos published in an upcoming book! She hopes the popularity continues and we will all continue to help couples tell their birth story in a beautiful way.
Lyndsay is the founder of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. In addition to a thriving portrait and birth photography business, Life in Motion Photography, Lyndsay mentors birth photographers from around the world through her mentoring program, The Birth Experience. Lyndsay’s award winning portrait work has been featured in many publications through the years and she’s done interviews with Yahoo News, the New York Times, Parenting Magazine and various media news outlets around the world featuring birth photography. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and four children.