The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) has announced the winners of its 2016 photography contest, and the results are breathtaking. Now it its fifth year, the competition celebrates “the beauty of birth and the skill of birth photographers” in three categories: labor, delivery, and postpartum. What’s it like to be one of these intrepid photographers?
“Birth photography is a highly specialized field and the choice to have the experience documented is an intensely personal decision,” explains IAPBP’s press release. “It involves the birth process, environment, the parents and those in attendance. Birth photography encompasses the tears of joy, the wonder of bringing a new life into the world and celebrates family. The photographers who specialize in the field use their art to tell the story of birth.”