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February 7, 2020


fresh 48 and newborn


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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) just announced its 2020 Image Contest winners and YOU GUYS…the talent displayed in these images is BREATHTAKING. Over 700 entries were made from 22 countries in 6 categories including: overall winner, birth details, delivery, labor, fresh 48, and postpartum. Winners were chosen on a point system and judged on technique, lighting, composition, emotional impact, creativity and storytelling. I proudly entered 5 of my own images:

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Unfortunately I didn’t win, but to even have my work be considered among so many talented photographers is truly an honor. Some might find not winning to be deflating, but I have had the exact opposite reaction. Seeing these gorgeous images has given me motivation, inspiration, and aspiration…all the -ations!…for the coming year. I’m going to post the winners below, and if you want to see all the entries, you can visit here.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!!!

I just have to say that this was the single most beautiful collection of birth images I’ve ever had the privilege of judging. You ALL should be very proud!!!

— Leilani Parente Rogers, Judge

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