This gorgeous and touching image of a new parent gazing down — body to body, skin to skin —at the newborn in their arms.
Maru + Miyuki, Epli Pastorfield-Li @epliphotography Awarded first place in the Postpartum category
The past few years have been especially difficult on birthing people and new parents, from navigating incredibly stressful safety decisions, to the sudden switch to majority telehealth and virtual care, to the installment of difficult and sometimes upsetting restrictions within birthing spaces, and beyond. We often talk about how labor and postpartum typically include a mixture of both hard and joyful moments, intensity and beauty. While there is much change that must continue to be advocated for to provide parents with the support they need and deserve, even within these challenging times these images highlight that there is so much beauty to be found.
The judges for this season's competition had some special words for the following images, all of which were honored in the Judge’s Choice category:
“These moments always take my breath away. To witness a father welcome his sweet child into this world is a truly life changing experience. What a capture!"
“This image struck me as incredibly honest, real, beautiful — the provision of water from a care provider, the curious touch of a new sibling, the presence of a partner behind, and the limp umbilical cord below. All with this parent and newborn at the center. Just beautiful.”
Aqua, Kirstie Clark @kpphotoinc Awarded in the Judge’s Choice category by Cheyenne Varner @cheyvarner
“When I saw this image —it tapped into all of the places and spaces that I navigate when I'm supporting people at births. It felt holy.”
The Face You Make with HVBAC Success at 43 Weeks, Jennifer Lombardo @buffalodoula Awarded in the Judge’s Choice category By Davinah Simmons @rootedbirthdoula
“This photograph captures a purely precious moment in a family's history. I love how it shows the wonderful moment of parents welcoming their new child into the family and also the pure amazement and joy of each of the siblings. The photograph captures a memory the family will treasure forever.”
Just wow to the details adorning this image — light wisps of hair on a pink baby caked in off-white vernix — and a deep blue, spiraling umbilical cord below.
Birthday Frosting, Rachel Wilson @whenabellyblooms Awarded in the Honorable Mentions category
In total, Everyday Birth Magazine received over 300 images from over 50 photographers around the world and within the US this fall/winter season. In an industry that has been impacted for generations by a lack of diversity behind the lens, it's significant to us to say that over 60% of the photographers who have joined us this season come from underrepresented communities and experiences, including but not limited to: Black, Latine, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and disabled. All of the photographers who submitted have created incredible work highlighting what are often underrepresented images + stories.
Inequity in reproductive healthcare is a complex issue that needs to be confronted from many angles. Expanding representation through images of who gives birth — and where, and how, and with whom — this is a part of equity work.
Explore all the images that received recognition this season here.
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