Best Birth Photos 2020 – Competition IAPBP

I imagine it would be so difficult to judge the best photos of 2020. Birth is so beautiful, it would be a daunting task to say one image is better than another. I almost have a reservation about judging since birth is an entire story and not just the “money shot”. That being said, I do recognize amazing photos when I see them.



color birth photo of a baby with it's head out of mom's vagina by Santa Monica birth photographer, Leona Darnell
Between two worlds

The IAPBP Organization and the best birth photos of 2020

IAPBP (International Association of Professional Birth Photographers) was founded 10 years ago by Lyndsay Stradtner of Life in Motion Photography.

The organization does an annual image contest and I have always made sure to apply. The best birth photos in 2020 is a fabulous event. As you might imagine with all the incredibly outstanding artists in 52 different countries and 1140+ members, acing the contest with a winning image is every birth photographer’s greatest annual challenge.

Standing among these global on-call artists who work under the hardest lighting and environmental conditions is such an honor in itself. I have enjoyed submitting my images to the contest on an annual basis to see how much we have all grown as artists. I also love to see how the world has changed regarding Birth Photography.

My Story

10 years ago when the organization was founded, I was not yet a mother.

6 years ago, and already 4 years into the organization’s launch, I became a mother.  I had not even heard an ounce of what a Birth Photographer was.

I had an emergency C-section. The entire event was a chaotic blur from the moments leading up to delivery, the delivery itself and immediately after.  It was a full 24 hours before I could even set eyes on him or touch him. Later, at home, I reveled in motherhood, but mourned for all that I missed. I wanted those moments back and wished someone had been there to document them for me. This started my journey into birth work. I’m so incredibly blown away with what has happened in the world with the shift of people learning about the power and transformation of birth, and welcoming artists who are also birth workers at the core into the sacred birth space. Read more about my journey to motherhood here.

Now, to be perfectly honest, I did not enter this years competition, but watch for me next year! I am so proud of all the wonderful artist around the world that entered. If you would like to talk about your birth plan, send me a message or call me today.

If you’d like to view all the winners of this year’s contest, and all the 702 entries, click below:


2 thoughts on “Best Birth Photos 2020 – Competition IAPBP

  1. Boris says:

    So, did you submit any photos for the contest? If so, how did you do?


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