Birth Becomes Her Fall 2016 'Labor' Photo Contest Results

Our Fall 2016 Photo Contest with the theme of Labor Images was a huge success with images submitted by birth photographers around the world.

Each image demonstrated a mastery of the art of birth photography as the photographers witness the transformational journey of each woman into her labor experience. They represent the tension of deep peace and strong intensity, of connection between the mama and her partner or birth team and also her connection with herself and her baby as it gets closer to emerging into its bright new world.

Our finalists (besides People's Choice) were decided by our panel of judges: Brezi Merryman, Melissa Jean, Aubre Tompkins, Selena Rollason, Angie Klaus and Bryn Huntpalmer.

Photographers, you will receive personalized feedback on your image from at least one judge during the week of December 5th. You will be notified by email when the feedback is posted.

1st Place

Within Herself

by Veronika Richardson of Fox Valley Birth and Baby

Congrats Veronika! You have won a $200 cash prize and a spot in one of our upcoming Birth Becomes Her workshops (valued at $1000).





2nd Place

The Road to Transcendence

by Elliana Gilbert Photography

Congrats Elliana! You have won a $50 cash prize.






3rd Place

Women all over the world are birthing with me

by Ashley Marston Photography

Congrats Ashley! You have won a $50 cash prize.

People's Choice (decided by popular vote)

Birth, Au Naturel

by Laura Eckert of New Creation Birth Photography

Congrats Laura on winning this super competitive category! After tallying up over 1100 votes you won by just a handful. You have won a $50 cash prize.




Honorable Mentions

These images didn't win a prize but were still rated highly by the judges. Excellent work, photographers!

4th Place

His Second Proposal: To Have and to Hold

by Neely Ker-Fox of Ker-Fox Photography


Tied for 5th Place

A Time to Work, a Time to Rest -- embracing a tranquil moment of togetherness right before time to push

by Joyanna Goslovich of Capturing Joy Birth Services

A big shout out to each incredible photographer for submitting these powerful images. Thank you to everyone who supported the beauty of labor by sharing this contest and voting for your favorite image. We look forward to hosting our next image contest in late Spring 2017.

If you'd like to learn more about birth photography or simplify your birth photography workflow, we'd invite you to explore the following Birth Becomes Her tools: 

Birth Photography Toolkit: You can learn as you go by trial and error over many months and years, or you can take the shortcut of the comprehensive Birth Becomes Her Photography Toolkit. Monet and Jenn sat down and compiled this guide based on their experiences at over 100 births in all types of settings. Topics covered include Birth 101, Birth Etiquette, On Call Life, Camera Settings, Social Media and What to Pack in yourBirth Bag. This resource is the only one of its kind in Birth Photography education.

Lightroom Presets : Birth often takes place in non ideal lighting conditions. These presets were developed by Monet and Jenn to use in their own editing workflow to solve the lighting challenges they commonly faced. When applied upon import into LR these presets can save you hours of editing time and give you the results you want from your photos.