Childbirth is experienced in so many different ways, and no two families' stories are alike. To record these simultaneously challenging and joyful moments, birth photographers play the part of both documentarian and artist to present labor, delivery, and postpartum in an authentic yet aesthetically pleasing way. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) has just concluded their 2020 Image of the Year Competition in which they recognize and celebrate the creatives who excel in chronicling all aspects of birth photography.
The Image Competition is open to the more than 1,100 online IAPBP community members who reside in 51 countries around the world. They award a first-place winner as well as the top photographs in categories including Labor, Delivery, Postpartum, and Birth Details, as well as the favorite images as chosen among the members. For 2020, Jessica Vink of VI-Photography took home the top prize for her striking portrait called A Moment of Silence. The image features a mom and her baby taking a well-deserved nap on the couch. Surrounding them are the trappings of newborn motherhood that, while not presented in a glamorous way, is beautiful in its truth. It's birth photography at its best.
Scroll down for more incredible winning entries from the 2020 IAPBP contest. Afterward, visit the Image Competition website to see all of the submissions.