2021 - IAPBP's 1st Annual Image Evaluation in Collaboration with Exposing Birth - IAPBP | birthphotographers.com

The First Annual LIVE
Image Evaluation
Educational Event

in collaboration with Exposing Birth and education brought to you by Birthbound Photographer


 

THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT!

The First Annual Live Image Evaluation Educational Event in collaboration with Exposing Birth will provide multiple opportunities for education, artist growth and advancing our industry as a whole.

Grow as an artist by submitting your own images for evaluation and learning from your peers’ image evaluations.

Increase your knowledge and confidence by attending our Live Masterclasses.

Advance our industry as a whole by learning, growing and supporting your own business as well as your colleagues!

IAPBP and Exposing Birth have created the event of the year!

This is not a competition, but rather the first of an annual evaluation event that enables you to submit your work to see if you are where you want to be in your photographic journey.

What IS this event?

    • This is a live, on-line Image Evaluation Event where a team of Review Panelists (expert judges as well as newly trained artists) will give live feedback on individual images. No scores will be given, just quality feedback that helps not only the artist who submitted the image(s) but also all viewers as they observe the Review Panel evaluate multiple images continuously over the course of many hours.
    • In addition to our Live Image Evaluation Event, we will be presenting hours of Birth Photography Masterclasses brought to you by Birthbound Photographer. These classes were designed to educate and build confidence so that you can step out of your comfort zone, value yourself as a professional and capture award-winning images.

What to expect from this event:

    • Artist growth through your own image evaluation and observing hours of your colleagues’ image feedback and reviews
    • Confidence that the impact of your image won’t be muddled or glossed over by being amidst a large gallery of work
    • Because your feedback is spoken and not written, you can expect that it will be more thorough than that of the IAPBP Annual Image Competition feedback one-liners.
    • Our Review Panel will consist of a large team of trained judges with 3-4 live, on-screen, at a time. These small teams will be intentionally paired together to create groups of both experienced judges as well as artists who are stepping into a judging position for the first time. 
    • Our Judges’ Training Course will ensure that every reviewer has the same idea of what merits quality work with exceptional technical skill and artist intention.
    • Each individual image will receive its due attention and will be open for discussion by our reviewers. Your submissions will not be dismissed or glossed over.

  • THANK YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT


Evaluation Components

This event consists of two separate Evaluation Tracks: General Image Feedback and Competition Image Feedback.

  • Members of IAPBP are able to choose which tracks they participate in and/or watch live.
  • The General Image Feedback and the Competition Image Feedback tracks will be broadcast live for all members of IAPBP to observe. Members who submit images to be evaluated will receive access to the recordings of the tracks they participated in.

General Feedback

Submitting your image for General Feedback invites our judges to look for overall image quality in the context of what you would be giving your clients.

General Feedback Includes:

technical skill
highlights
shadows
colour balance
basic composition
basic story telling

Competition Feedback

Submitting your image for Competition Feedback invites our judges to assume that you are considering entering your image into a competition. This feedback is designed to be more specific; submit here for thorough feedback based on entering prestigious competitions and to better train your eye for what is and is not competition worthy.

Competition Feedback Includes:

everything in General Feedback PLUS
composition
colour/white balance
wow factor
visual communication
innovation
emotive storytelling
creativity

Live Educational Masterclasses

We are thrilled to announce that the following Masterclasses will be scheduled and presented live during our Image Evaluation Educational Event and FREE for all members to watch!

Event Education is brought to us exclusively by: Birthbound Photographer

Lights, Camera, Action - Selena Rollason Masterclass for 2021 IEEE
Speaker: Selena Rollason
The birthing space is often challenging to work in. Learn the art of taking an award-winning photograph in the birth suite from lighting to equipment, settings and timing.
Making The Rules - Masterclass by Leilani Rogers
Speaker: Leilani Rogers
Birth photographers have been making their own rules since the beginning. Learn how to breathe new life into your work by not conforming.
Documenting Loss - A Mastermind Class by Lisa Weingardt
Speaker: Lisa Weingardt
Birth photographers have a lot of fear around loss and trauma. Learn to document these delicate stories with grace and respect.

Thank you for a great event!

Join us again in 2022 for our next event.

2021 Review Panelists

Thank you to our talented panelists for giving their time and expertise to provide our members with tangible suggestions for growing as artists and overall leveling-up our industry!

 

Leona Darnell - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Leona Darnell
Birth Photographer & Doula
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Ash Davenport - IEEE Event Review Panelist
Ash Davenport
Founder - MIKI Studios
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Amanda Ditzel - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist and Host
Amanda Ditzel
Photographer & Doula
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Twyla Ellis - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Twyla Ellis
Birth Photographer
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Gladys Garcia - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Gladys Garcia
Photographer & Doula
Website | Instagram
Bree Garcia 2021 Image Competition Judge
Bree Garcia
Co-Founder - J&B Photography
Website | Instagram
Hanna Hill-Destigter - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Hanna Hill-Destigter
Birth Photographer + Web Designer
Website | Instagram
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Diana Hinek
Birth Photograper + Videographer
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Hannah Palamara - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Hannah Palamara
Birth Photographer + Mentor
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Kate Randall - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Kate Randall
Photographer
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Jessica Rinehart - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Jessica Rinehart
Birth Photographer
Website | Instagram
Leilani Rogers 2021 Birth Photography Image Competition Judge
Leilani Rogers
Founder of Birthbound Photographer
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Selena Rollason
Selena Rollason
Storyteller + Photographer
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Jelina Sonnenberg - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Jelina Sonnenberg
Birth Photographer
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Belle Verdiglione - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Belle Verdiglione
Founder - Camera Queens
Website | Instagram
Dania Lauren - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Dania Lauren
Birth Photographer + Videographer
Website | Instagram
Leona Darnell - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Leona Darnell
Birth Photographer & Doula

I want to be the eyes of the mothers and fathers, to allow them to concentrate on the precious gift of their child’s arrival while creatively and respectfully documenting their journey into parenthood and their child’s journey to the world.

Ash Davenport - IEEE Event Review Panelist
Ash Davenport
Founder - MIKI Studios

Ash Davenport is an award-winning birth and wedding photographer, business coach, educator, and online marketing consultant from London, UK. A natural-born artist and thrill seeker, Ash is constantly raising the bar with his life and photography.

Find him here: theartofseo.comikistudios.com

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He approaches every shoot as an exciting new adventure to capture images that make you smile, cry, and laugh out loud. He is constantly observing what’s unique about the people in front of him and the love that the connects family and friends. When he is not behind his camera, he’s running marathons, swimming competitively with his Olympian brother, or trekking up Everest (for his honeymoon).

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Amanda Ditzel - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist and Host
Amanda Ditzel
Photographer & Doula

Amanda is a birth and documentary artist based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Equipped with three wildly unique birth experiences of her own, this path has shaped her into the advocate and riveting storyteller she is today. Amanda has impacted and empowered birthing people in her area for nearly a decade. Her most treasured moment was photographing the very first clear drape cesarean in North Carolina. It was an honor to be first hand witness to the cesarean experience changing for families almost instantaneously. This work is more than photography for Amanda, it’s being a part of the story and giving each family a voice.

Twyla Ellis - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Twyla Ellis
Birth Photographer

I am a human, an artist, a keeper, a daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother.

I am committed to my journey. To my passion. To my heart song. Being in community with people, supporting birth, life and death, and honoring the journey of others through visual storytelling.

I feel most grounded when I am barefoot in the forest. But really, any nature will do, barefoot is a must though.

Gladys Garcia - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Gladys Garcia
Photographer & Doula

Gladys Garcia is a wife, homeschooling mother of four, birth photographer, doula and filmmaker based out of Central Florida. She is passionate about her faith in Jesus, living within her purpose, legacy making and helping others capture theirs in-the-making.  

Gladys began birth work by supporting pregnant teen moms as a volunteer birth coach for a non-profit in 2002. After getting married and experiencing four amazing natural births, Gladys established Birth Hour Photography in 2016, passionate about birth advocacy and supporting women so they too could have positive, transformative childbirth experiences.  During the pandemic in 2020 she maximized opportunities and became a bilingual BirthBootCamp Certified Doula. Using her background in psychology and EMS, her multicultural background and life experiences, Gladys thrives in making deeper connections with clients, which allows her to capture raw, authentic moments of them truly embracing the power of vulnerability and the beauty in life’s tiniest moments.

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With over 150 births of experience, Gladys uses her education, training and life story to empower and encourage women to tap into their God-given purpose and strength to impact the world around them. In addition to birth work, Gladys leverages her influence by mentoring other Women in Business, help the fight against Human Trafficking through a partnership with the Tim Tebow foundation and continues to volunteer with Youth in the community.

When she is not supporting other women, you will find her exploring outdoors with her family, reading, sipping on organic coffee or green juice, cuddled on the couch or around the fire making memories with her husband and children.

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Bree Garcia 2021 Image Competition Judge
Bree Garcia
Co-Founder - J&B Photography

Bree Garcia is a published and award winning birth and newborn photographer based in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in documenting raw emotion, chemistry, and fine art posed newborn portraiture. She strives to capture all the details that make birth unique, in a beautiful, artistic, and empowering way. She has been photographing births since 2015 and has photographed over 80 births. Bree is half of J&B Photography which is co-owned with her other half Jessie. Together they have 4 little girls and a golden doodle.

Hanna Hill-Destigter - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Hanna Hill-Destigter
Birth Photographer + Web Designer

Hanna Hill-Destigter is a multi-award-winning birth and motherhood photographer based in Durham, England who specializes in emotive documentary art that captures the powerful transformation into parenthood. She has been in the industry for over 12 years and has successfully relocated her business five different times as her family moves all around the world.

Along with photography, Hanna does social media management for photographers and companies, including IAPBP. She also designs creative websites for small businesses especially birth workers and photographers who want to express their art in a professional and empowering way.

She is a fierce mamma bear to her one little boy and married to her best friend.

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Diana Hinek
Birth Photograper + Videographer

As a pregnancy and birth photographer and videographer, Diana celebrates her clients’ fiery path to parenthood—capturing the moments, raw emotions and essence of their births through her camera lens so they can relive and share the beauty of each transcendent beat.

She is also a birth doula, passionate about honoring parenting quests from pregnancy through birth and during the slow-yet-furious days that follow.

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She guides and empowers her clients to a birth that fits their style and inspires a deep understanding of the passage into new life within the reflection of the beauty and rawness of the spectacular moment, captured through birth photography and videography services.

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Hannah Palamara - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Hannah Palamara
Birth Photographer + Mentor

I am a dreamer and I feel deeply. I am an empath and strive for honest, meaningful connection. I work to be fully present in everything I do—in time spent with my children or with the women who welcome me into their birth space. Motherhood and mothering my children through the stages of their lives has taught me so much about myself. It has also led me on a journey of my own healing and self-development.

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Now I am passionate about healthy eating and living, moving my body (fun fact: I do Olympic weightlifting!), and finding peace in nature. I am a true creative who gets distracted by sunsets and searches out pockets of light in houses. Between my three children and my work, I keep pretty busy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Kate Randall - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Kate Randall
Photographer

Multi international award winning photographer, mother of 2, madly in love with her man of 17 years, and born and raised in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

As a photographer, Kate creates experiences that don’t just capture her clients in a single moment, but that frame their whole story in a way that leaves them remembering just how much they matter.

Jessica Rinehart - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Jessica Rinehart
Birth Photographer

Pulling from her own motherhood experience, Jessica’s passion for capturing the memories of family and childhood drive her motivation in her work. Living overseas in Japan in a military family taught her to gather inspiration from different cultures and new experiences. Her love of art and interest in photography has sparked a journey into becoming a professional photographer and she jumped in feet-first to the birth photography industry. Jessica doesn’t shy away from trying new things and taking risks in her business – evidenced by her enthusiasm to join our 2021 Review Panelist Team as an emerging photographer. 

Leilani Rogers 2021 Birth Photography Image Competition Judge
Leilani Rogers
Founder of Birthbound Photographer

Leilani Rogers is an award-winning, veteran birth photographer with a lifetime of experience in the visual arts industry. As the Founder of The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project and Birthbound Photographer, as well as being named Austin’s Best Birth Photographer for over 6 years, she brings an unparalleled perspective to our 2020 judge panel.

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Growing up in Houston, TX I was raised to appreciate and partake in the arts as much as possible. I spent most of my time in dance and art classes, play rehearsal, the orchestra or violin and viola lessons. In college I received a degree in Viola Performance and Pedagogy, and after years of performing, recording, and teaching, I decided to raise a family. I have 4 kids, ages 13-20 and a husband who encourages me to follow through on all my crazy ideas. These special people have inspired me to pay attention to the little things, find and preserve joy in the day-to-day, and keep on keeping on no matter what. When people ask me how I became a birth photographer, I tell them that it was simply meant to be. My life as a mother and an artist intersected in 2011 when my sister-in-law invited me to document her birth. I photographed a lot of families back then, but that all changed very quickly once I realized my true calling. My love for documenting birth has evolved into a love for teaching birth photography. And when I’m not immersed in that work, I love to entertain, I love plants, and I love goofing around (read: embarrassing) with my kids.

Achievements: Austin’s Best Birth Photographer 2013-2019, Featured on television and in print in The Huffington Post, Midwifery Today, Redbook Magazine, People, FStoppers, CLICK, SELF, Cosmopolitan, ABC News, TODAY, Woman’s Day, and Hello Giggles, Keynote speaker at Off-Call in 2015 and 2017, Instructor at The Baby Summit in 2016, Both finalist and winner in prior IAPBP Image Competitions (2014/2017), Finalist in Lensculture’s Portait of the Year Competition 2017, Exhibited with Lensculture throughout Europe in 2018, Finalist in ClickinMom’s VOICE Collection 2017, Editor’s choice with National Geographic Your Shot’s “The Gift of Life” assignment 2017, 6th place in Birth, Shoot&Share in 2018 Competition, Founder of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project Founder of Birthbound Photographer

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Selena Rollason
Selena Rollason
Storyteller + Photographer

Selena Rollason is an award-winning birth and documentary photographer from Brisbane, Australia with more than 20 years of experience in the photography industry, and 10 years as a birth photographer. She is a passionate storyteller, powerful and emotive photojournalist that works to break societal taboos and is known for raising important discussions around the challenges of parenthood, childbirth and other realities of everyday parenting life.

Selena’s photographs have been published internationally in media around the world (from Huffington Post to the Today Show) and have seen her win more than 10 International, National and State Photography Titles including the 2019 Photojournalism Grand Award at WPPI, 2015 & 2016 Australian Birth Photographer of the Year titles, Queensland Travel (2017), Documentary (2018) and Birth (2016) Photographer of the Year titles, as well as the illustrious AIPP EPSON 2018 Queensland Professional Photographer of the Year.

Selena is an established international and national photography judge specializing in documentary, birth and lifestyle portraiture. Her skills in photography and judging brings her to be a valued panelist for this event.

Jelina Sonnenberg - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Jelina Sonnenberg
Birth Photographer

I am ever evolving as a human being and constantly learning which translates into everything I do. From birth work to bereavement work, birth photography and videography to doula work. I received my BA in Human Development/Counseling Services to pursue a career in therapy but changed my path after experiencing the birth of my little one in 2017 (like so many other birth workers have). I am a self proclaimed extroverted introvert, who thrives off realness and authenticity (with a dash of cussing and sarcasm), and snuggling any animal I can find. I believe in sustainability in birth work, showing value, and cultivating deep relationships with those I’m in community with. Because at the end of the day, this work is not something we can do alone.

Belle Verdiglione - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Belle Verdiglione
Founder - Camera Queens

Belle Verdiglione is an Australian based creative, founder of the Camera Queens and pioneer in embodied Potent Identity™ Photography. Using her leadership and legacy as the example, Belle personifies what’s possible when we let our most vulnerable edges conceive new levels of creativity that truly change how we see ourselves.

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After 9 years as an award-winning birth photographer, deep personal growth paved a new path in Belle’s professional career, to elevate the power, purpose and potential of creative entrepreneurs and visionaries that bring radical rawness and authenticity to the forefront of our world.

Her work mirror’s her own fierce stand for women’s empowerment, with an importance in celebrating the identity of all women, irrespective of size, culture and age. By emulating what her previous work created for the birthing world, Belle hopes to attract widespread exposure to Potent Identity™ Photography through her role as a speaker and photography coach, to revolutionise how all humans around the world are seen in their intimate stories.

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Dania Lauren - 2021 IEEE Review Panelist
Dania Lauren
Birth Photographer + Videographer

Dania is Canadian born, with Pines and Cedars and icy cold rivers running deep in her veins however, she has called Australia home now for over half her life. She became passionate about the art of storytelling during a 10 year stint working as a filmmaker/editor/technical jack of all trades in a small non-profit documentary filmmaking team, but it wasn’t until she had her own children that she began to realise the power in telling birth stories. Dania and her husband live in Tropical North Queensland together with their 4 children. She began professionally documenting births at the beginning of 2018 and has since completed training as a doula and childbirth educator. Dania has been internationally published and has received several awards for her work.

Event  Benefits

Receive Personal, Anonymous Feedback On Your Images

By submitting your images you will create the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on your work which will help increase your skill level for clients and prepare you for future competition participation. But the best part is no one (not even the reviewers themselves) will know it is your image unless you tell them! 

Learn From Your Peers’ Work

Watching hours of live judging comes with so much wisdom and education! You will learn from other styles of work, you will see elements in images differently than you ever have before, and because you get to hear the feedback from the judges on other images, you can learn how to avoid common mistakes in your own images in the future. 

Beginner Friendly Event

Submitting your images into the evaluation event is where we can all start, beginner or advanced. For our friends too nervous to jump into the competition world, we are keeping this event anonymous to create a more safe space for you.

One Image Reviewed (LIVE) At A Time

Watching judging live is one of the most rewarding experiences. It provides instant gratification, there is no waiting for results, and a voice gives context to the words. No short one liners of “this is beautiful!” We actually want to share with you how you can make a beautiful images spectacular!

Submit Images from Any Year

There are no timeframes on the image evaluation, unlike the Image Competition and Birth Photographer of the Year competition. We also encourage you to submit images you’ve previously submitted into other competitions if you would like additional feedback on them.

Apply to Become A Judge

Level-up your resume and experience as an artist! Free access to our Judges Training Course will be granted to all approved applicants. Judges will be able to submit their work into the Image Evaluation Event even if they are invited to be a part of the Official Review Team.

Event Pricing

Free for Members

Observers

Observe LIVE as our Review Panel discusses and evaluates one image at a time through our livestream event. Learn from your peers’ image submissions and feedback.

The Image Evaluations will be available for all IAPBP Members to watch live. To watch live, please register for the event below.

To receive a recording of the event, you must submit at least one (1) image into the event.

REGISTER NOW

$25 - $100

Submitters

Observe LIVE as our Review Panel discusses and evaluates one image at a time through our livestream event. Learn from your peers’ image submissions and feedback.

Submit unlimited number of images of your own for evaluation.

Receive lifetime access to the recording of the full Image Evaluation

$25 for the first entry
$20 for additional entries
$100 total for 5 entries

*Members may submit as many images as they wish but pricing will remain the same for each set of 5 images.

SUBMIT NOW

$149

All-Access Pass

Observe LIVE as our Review Panel discusses and evaluates one image at a time through our livestream event. Learn from your peers’ image submissions and feedback.

Submit unlimited number of images of your own for evaluation

Receive lifetime access to the recording of the full Image Evaluation

Watch the LIVE Educational Masterclasses and participate in a Q&A with each instructor.

Receive lifetime access to the recording of all Masterclasses.

SUBMIT NOW

How is this different from the Annual Image Competition and/or the Birth Photographer of the Year Competition?

  1. This is not a competition, but rather an opportunity to submit your work for review in our a Live Educational Event to see where you land in your own photographic journey.
  2. You can submit the same images you submitted into the competition to receive additional feedback, which we highly recommend!
  3. You can submit images you are considering entering into future competitions to receive feedback about how you could improve or adjust for a greater chance of winning.
  4. There are no categories since this isn’t a competition.
  5. All styles are welcome to be entered and no image will be compared to any other image.
  6. We will be taking great care to educate our review panel members on the difference between fine art and documentary style imagery and the difference each image plays in how we review the images.
  7. This is an evaluation. Only you can review the feedback given and decide if you want to accept the suggested advice or not. That’s the best part about an evaluation! You can take it or leave it!
  8. This is an educational event and all entrants will be able to watch and observe every single image evaluation in real-time. 
  9. Images can be submitted anonymously and watermarks will not be shown during the Live Broadcast. Please note that images that have been submitted into the 2021 Image Competition are currently published with a watermark, so if you submit the same image it is possible someone will find out the artist.
  10. These images will not be published in a final gallery. They will appear once in the review and not again unless entrants give permission for IAPBP to use their image(s) in future publications.
  11. This educational event is a collaborative effort of Exposing Birth (Birth Photographer of the Year Competition) and IAPBP (Birth Photography Image of the Year Competition) to build confidence, level-up, and elevate the birth photography industry as a whole. We hope you will join us!

Still have questions? Email membership@birthphotographers.com and we will be happy to help!

Giving Back

We are proud to support Black Mamas Matter Alliance with a portion of the proceeds from our 2021 Image Evaluation Educational Event.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance 2021 Beneficiary of IAPBP

Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. We center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. We envision a world where Black mamas have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during, and after pregnancy.

Each submission to our 2021 evaluation event will:

“Help deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US; amplify community-driven policy, research, activism, and care solutions; center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders; and provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth and reproductive justice.”

Still Unsure What To Expect?

This video below gives an idea of what you can expect from this event. Live judging, educational masterclass presentations, camaraderie behind the scenes in our Members’ Only Facebook Group, and an event unlike ANY other in the history of the Birth Photography Industry!

This event is brought to you by: 

A Note of Caution:

This event is an educational one where live feedback will be given with care, love and tact, however, it is likely not an event you should participate in if you are not ready for honest feedback that has every intention to help you better your skill from the deepest parts of the judges hearts. We all want our community to excel.

Credits:

This event is brought to you in collaboration with Lacey Barratt of Exposing Birth. Exposing Birth is the place to be to learn how to start from the beginning (picking up your camera) to building a birth photography empire which supports your entire family to live the lifestyle you want. (Yes, it’s possible.) Please click here to learn more about Exposing Birth.

The Educational Masterclasses are brought to you by Birthbound Photographer and CPBP. Click here to learn more about birth photography business education, ethics and certification.

Invitation:

We invite you to participate in the Annual Birth Photographer of The Year Awards and the Birth Photographer’s Image of The Year Competition at the conclusion of this event.

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