2020 IMAGE COMPETITION
We are pleased to announce the 2020 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition!
Our 2020 Mission: To share the Beauty of Birth with the world! Will you help us spread the beauty of birth this year?
We are now accepting your image submissions!
2020 WINNER’S PRIZE PACK
We have been hard at work gathering an impressive line-up of sponsors for our 2020 competition! In addition to an increase in the Cash Prize awards for our winners this year, we are thrilled to brag about our Sponsors for the 2020 Image Competition!
As promised, we are here in your inbox today to share the details of what is specifically included in the 2020 Winner’s Prize Pack! We are so excited and grateful that these resourceful companies have been SO generous with their offerings!
The Cash Prize Awards Details are:
$750 to our Grand Prize 1st Place Winner
$150 cash to Winners of each of the 5 Categories:
In addition to our cash prize awards, we want to thank each of our sponsors for their generous donations to our prize pack!
The Prize Pack from our Sponsors includes:
A 1 Year Subscription to their online gallery app valued at $240!
A FREE License of PhotoMechanic valued at $139!
$200 credit to their Online Shop of Resources for Birth Photographers!
A $150 gift card to their online shop of Magnetic Light Modifiers!
One seat to Lacey Barratt’s Signature Course: Exposing Birth Photography at a value of $1497!
(1) Free Wood Box, Image Box or Album Box AND (1) Free Wall Display Product of your choice up to 20″ x 30″!
One Year of All-Apps bundle subscription valued at $384!
A 2-Year Subscription to their Studio Management App valued at $560!
(2) One-on-One Coaching Calls with Tavia Redburn valued at $800!
$200 in Fundy Bucks for their Album Design & IPS Software!
(5) One-Year Subscriptions to Birthbound Photographer’s Online Courses for Birth Photographers (valued up to $1750!)
$100 Gift Card to their Online Shop!
1 Year Free of Dubsado’s Studio Management Software valued at $350!
$50 Product Credit for ALL Winners!
(1) Fine Art Premium 24×36 1.5” Canvas!
(6) $100 Gift Cards to their Online Boutique for Birth Photographers!
(1) Single Custom Logo Design valued at $350!
$250 in SEO Services!
Thanks to these amazing sponsors we have more than $10,500 in prizes to give away to our winners!
2020 ENTRY GUIDELINES
Birth is beautiful – let’s share it with the world!
We are pleased to announce and launch the 2020 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image of the Year Competition. Each year, IAPBP recognizes excellence in birth photography. This is our tenth year sharing beautiful images of birth with our members, our Judges, friends, family, fans, the media and ultimately, the world!
Our 2020 Judge Panel is comprised of past winners, birth industry leaders, and photography industry leaders. The panel will once again be choosing an overall 1st Place Winner, Best in Category Winners and Honorable Mention winners. We will also be doing the Members’ Choice awards again this year so all members will have a chance to vote and provide feedback.
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Each category can be entered as many times as you want, with a limit of five total entries. So if you have 5 great labor images, you can enter 5 labor images. In years past it was one per category only. We know this really restricted a lot of entries and we want to see your best work, no matter what category it falls in to!
The entry fee for a single image will be $25 USD. A discount will be applied if you choose to submit multiple entries.
- One Image: $25 USD
- Two Images: $40 USD
- Three Images: $60 USD
- Four Images: $80 USD
- Five Images: $100 USD
Changes to the entry form allow you to enter multiple images on one form vs having to submit a new form for each image. This is how you take advantage of the discounted entry fee.
- Overall 1st Place Winner: $750 USD
- Best in Category: $150 USD each
All entries must have been captured in the 2019 calendar year and be submitted to the competition by January 13, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. To submit a valid entry you must be a current member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers. Winners will be announced at the beginning of February once the votes have been received from the Judges and tallied. Please view our complete list of terms and conditions by clicking here. If you have any questions regarding the competition or entry process please use our dedicated competition email address: email@example.com.
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Did you know that IAPBP is active on Instagram? We are! And we absolutely love reposting member images. Members can catch our eye by using the hashtag #birthphotogs for a chance to be featured / reposted. We recently polled our amazing members asking them to share their favorite birth photography Instagram feeds. This is just a handful of industry favorites and we want to share them all with you, so starting this week, we will start a new feature here on the IAPBP blog: Follow Friday! Each Friday we will post and feature a few beautiful birth photography Instagram feeds for you to follow with us. We hope you’ll check back often. If you are a birth photographer and would like to be featured on Follow Friday please feel free to post a link to your account in the comments. Thank you to each of these amazing photographers for sharing their art and the beauty of birth….
Be sure to check back each Friday for more beautiful birth Instagram feeds to follow!
We wanted to start off our new blog with a bang and knew that featuring last year’s 2017 Image of the Year Competition winner, Jaydene Freund, was the perfect way to kick things off! Jaydene holds the distinction of being the very first photographer to win the competition with a labor image.
Jaydene is an award winning photographer and videographer located in Abbotsford British Columbia, Canada. Since beginning her career in birth photography in 2009, Freund has photographed and filmed over 150 birth stories and has been featured in numerous publications. She has chosen to specialize in birth stories and film because she is constantly inspired by the strength within women and the love that blooms between families in the birth room.
Our first question….”What was it like to win the competition last year?”
“This was a huge honour for me as I have been submitting images into this competition since the first year they ran it 5 years ago. It was funny timing, as this was the year I had chosen to step back from my business and enjoy a proper maternity leave after my 3rd baby was born in March. It felt bitter sweet to turn down all the inquiries that came after winning the competition but luckily there are also a lot of other great birth photographers in my area that covered for me this year while I chose to focus on motherhood.”
We also wanted to know more about the birth story and the winning image:
“This mom had planned to birth at home and luckily here in Canada, midwifery care is covered by our government. She was labouring beautifully and enjoying her home environment. Things intensified when her waters broke at 8cm and there was meconium present. Here in Canada our midwives follow a standard of care that encourages safe homebirths for low-risk women. When there is meconium present, midwives usually recommend transferring to birth in hospital. This mom chose to transfer to the local hospital (10 minutes away) at her midwife’s recommendation. She also chose to drive instead of calling an ambulance because she decided it would be quicker in the end. I hopped into their car with them “just in case” and grabbed my 24mm because I knew I would be shooting in a tight environment. The drive there was long as we all knew things were changing and she was incredibly close. It was no surprise that she was 10cm when we arrived to the hospital. Despite the chaos of the transfer, she still chose to stay focused and listen to her body’s needs (which were to walk herself up to her room at 10cm and push out her baby in hands and knees position on the hospital bed.) It was a surprise girl and the best ending to a VERY fast moving birth.”
And, of course, e all wanted to see more from this beautiful birth and Jaydene shares the full story with us here:
Jaydene, thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us and the world. We’ve been so thrilled to have you represent IAPBP in 2017! You can find more of her work here:
The 2018 Image Competition is currently under way. The deadline to enter is March 13, 2018 and we are honored to have Jaydene as one of our esteemed judges.