The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) has announced the annual Image of the Year competition. Each year, I am inspired and proud of the work shown. It is certainly about beautiful photography and capturing life-changing moments, but it is also about advocacy. Birth is not something to fear. Birth is not ugly. I look at all the images and see strength, hope, and beauty.
It is exciting to see the sheer number of images entered this year. Not every client will want to share birth images publicly, which is completely understandable and valid. Hopefully, the images chosen to be shown will normalize birth and inspire women in their birth experiences. I am grateful to have the opportunity to witness and document these moments.