Winners of the 2018 BBH Birth Photography Contest

We are so honored to share the winners of the 2018 Birth Becomes Her Birth Photography Contest! We had close to 1000 images submitted this year. These images were taken around the world, featuring births at homes, hospitals, and birth centers. A huge thanks to our international panel of judges, who had the arduous task of selecting our winners, as well as to all the thousands of people (over 20k!) who voted for our People’s Choice winners. We believe that images of birth are inspiring and life-changing. We’re thrilled to share this collection with you. And if you want to see all our submissions, you can do so right here. 

If you'd like to republish our winners or some of our other entries, please contact us at birthbecomesher@gmail.com with subject "Contest Publication" 

Overall Winner

 Marijke Thoen of   Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie   – Serving Lochristi, Belguim – “Stunning Siblings First Encounter”

Marijke Thoen of  Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie  – Serving Lochristi, Belguim – “Stunning Siblings First Encounter”

Birth - First Place

 Selena Rollason of  Brisbane Birth Photography   – Serving Brisbane, AU – “Half Born and Already Reaching for Mama”

Selena Rollason of Brisbane Birth Photography  – Serving Brisbane, AU – “Half Born and Already Reaching for Mama”

Breastfeeding - First Place

 Cory Janiak by  Ebb and Flow Photography  – Serving Treasure Coast, FL – “Within Reach”

Cory Janiak by Ebb and Flow Photography – Serving Treasure Coast, FL – “Within Reach”

Fresh/Postpartum - First Place

 Veronika Richardson of  Fox Valley Birth and Baby   – Serving Green Bay, WI – “This is VBAC.”

Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby  – Serving Green Bay, WI – “This is VBAC.”

Labor - First Place

 Rebecca Coursey of  A Wondered Life Photography   – Serving Santa Monica and West Los Angles, CA –   “Nowhere and Everywhere”

Rebecca Coursey of A Wondered Life Photography  – Serving Santa Monica and West Los Angles, CA –   “Nowhere and Everywhere”

Maternity - First Place

 Jen Conway of  Jen Conway Photography  Serving Greenville, SC  –  “This is what a Goddess Looks Like”

Jen Conway of Jen Conway Photography Serving Greenville, SC  –  “This is what a Goddess Looks Like”

Birth - Second Place

 Neely Ker-Fox of  Ker-Fox Photography   – Serving Columbus, GA – “Fist Bump for Mom”

Neely Ker-Fox of Ker-Fox Photography  – Serving Columbus, GA – “Fist Bump for Mom”

Birth - Third Place

 Dominique Lamontagne of  Dominique Lamontagne Photography  – Serving Ottowa, Ontario – “Caught in Between Worlds”

Dominique Lamontagne of Dominique Lamontagne Photography – Serving Ottowa, Ontario – “Caught in Between Worlds”

Breastfeeding - Second Place

 Veronika Richardson of  Fox Valley Birth and Baby   – Serving Green Bay, WI – “Tranquility”

Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby  – Serving Green Bay, WI – “Tranquility”

Breastfeeding - Third Place

  Christina Benton  – Serving Milwaukee, WI – “Stir Fry”

Christina Benton – Serving Milwaukee, WI – “Stir Fry”

Fresh/Postpartum - Second Place

 Lacey Barratt from  Lacey Barratt Photography  –  Serving Melbourne, AU – “Rebirth”

Lacey Barratt from Lacey Barratt Photography –  Serving Melbourne, AU – “Rebirth”

Fresh/Postpartum - Third Place

 Kayla Gonzales of  Austin Birth Photos  – Serving Austin, TX  –  “Postpartum Uncensored”

Kayla Gonzales of Austin Birth Photos – Serving Austin, TX  –  “Postpartum Uncensored”

Labor - 2nd Place

 Ashley Marston of  Ashley Marston Photography   – Serving Vancouver Island, BC – “Labor by Candlelight”

Ashley Marston of Ashley Marston Photography  – Serving Vancouver Island, BC – “Labor by Candlelight”

Labor - Third Place

 Laura Wando of  Laura Cate Photography  – Serving Kampala, Uganda  – “Before the Cut”

Laura Wando of Laura Cate Photography – Serving Kampala, Uganda  – “Before the Cut”

Maternity - Second Place

 Melissa Benzel of  Benzel Photography  – Serving Orlando, Florida – “Staying Afloat”

Melissa Benzel of Benzel Photography – Serving Orlando, Florida – “Staying Afloat”

Maternity - Third Place

 Vanessa Mendez of  Vanessa Mendez Photography  – Serving San Antonio, TX – “A Mother’s Love”

Vanessa Mendez of Vanessa Mendez Photography – Serving San Antonio, TX – “A Mother’s Love”

People's Choice Winner - Overall

 Marijke Thoen of   Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie   – Serving Lochristi, Belguim – “Stunning Siblings First Encounter”

Marijke Thoen of  Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie  – Serving Lochristi, Belguim – “Stunning Siblings First Encounter”

People's Choice Winner - Birth

  Caroline Devulder  – Serving Ghent, Belgium –  “Transition to Earth”

Caroline Devulder – Serving Ghent, Belgium –  “Transition to Earth”

People's Choice Winner - Breastfeeding

 Gabriella Hunt of  Gabriella Hunt Photography   – Serving Rochester, New York –  “A Hush Fell Over The Crowd”

Gabriella Hunt of Gabriella Hunt Photography  – Serving Rochester, New York –  “A Hush Fell Over The Crowd”

People's Choice Winner - Fresh/Postpartum

 Deborah Elenter of  NEO Photography  – Serving Uruguay –  “Success”

Deborah Elenter of NEO Photography – Serving Uruguay –  “Success”

People's Choice Winner - Labor

 Esther Edith of  Esther Edith Photography  – Serving Spokane, Washington –  “Three Souls Labor As One”

Esther Edith of Esther Edith Photography – Serving Spokane, Washington –  “Three Souls Labor As One”

People's Choice - Maternity

 Melissa Benzel of  Benzel Photography  Serving Orlando, Florida  – “Staying Afloat”

Melissa Benzel of Benzel Photography Serving Orlando, Florida  – “Staying Afloat”

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