IAPBP – Image Competition

It’s that time of year again when the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP)  holds their annual birth image competition!  This year there will be 4 categories: labor, delivery, postpartum, and details.  This competition helped me along to the path that I am on today!

A few years ago, I saw the amazing entries from this competition.  Wow!  Stunning!  Why hadn’t I thought to photograph my births?!  The emotion!  So many different birth spaces and positions!  The strength!  The beauty!  It propelled me into research, study, and finding my passion.

2017 will be my 2nd year entering, not for the sake of winning, but to be a part of this wonderful community of storytellers.  To support the families willing to share their stories.  To be involved in something that can have an impact on our culture and how birth is viewed.

It helps spread the word that birth is beautiful and not something to be feared.

Here are my 4 entries ~

birth photography image IAPBP

delivery submission birth photography competition IAPBP

postpartum IAPBP birth image competitionbirth photography image competition IAPBP details

I’m happy to say that I have grown so much from my 2016 to 2017 submissions and I’m excited for what this year holds!  Thank you to all the families that allow me to share their lovely stories!

Keep up to date with the competition and see past years here. 

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  • Ashley s. - You have some really beautiful images to submit to the birth photography contest!  Great job, and good luck!  I’m sure your Jacksonville mommas will be happy to see you amongst the best of the best!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Heinrichs - Beautiful images! I too find so much inspiration in the images submitted for the contest. The judges are going to have such a hard time choosing, I don’t envy them at all!ReplyCancel

  • Elise Hurst - Wow. I love all of your entries! I love the one with the mama in the tub! It is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla R - I Love your submissions! Such beautiful work! Best of Luck!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cat Fancote - Melissa, your entries are amazing! I love your work. Isn’t it wonderful to be involved in the IAPBP Image of the Year Competition? It’s so much more than a competition!! To contribute to such an awe inspiring gallery of birth images is something quite special for us birth loving photographers & birth workers. Good luck xReplyCancel

  • Hannah Palamara - These are beautiful submissions I love your work Melissa ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Mendez - STUNNING IMAGES!!! ReplyCancel

Hi I'm Melissa!

I'm an introverted, T-shirt wearing, animal loving, nature admiring, lucky wife, mother of 3, photography and birth obsessed lady.

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