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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Image of the Year Competition [NSFW].
posted by Johnny Wallflower (19 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

Does anyone know the story behind 039?
posted by lastobelus at 3:21 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]

Oh thank you! I look forward to this every year, and it brings so much joy.
posted by DarlingBri at 3:31 PM on October 2

On 039: After googling: the man in the picture is the child's father, and he has stage four cancer.
posted by perplexion at 3:33 PM on October 2 [7 favorites]

Eponysadjective - the post below this is titled "Into the Great Wide Open".
posted by kersplunk at 3:42 PM on October 2 [5 favorites]

On 039: After googling: the man in the picture is the child's father, and he has stage four cancer.

Had, unfortunately.

posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 3:51 PM on October 2 [6 favorites]

posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 3:59 PM on October 2

These are beautiful. Good share and quite timely. We needed these today.
posted by Fizz at 4:25 PM on October 2

I thought it said "bird photographers" and was just about to open it at work so thank god for NSFW tags.
posted by turbid dahlia at 4:27 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]

Bird birth
posted by FallowKing at 4:33 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]

There are so many incredible stories in these photos. The perfect purple and white twist cord. The gorgeous marine blue cord. The en cauls, including the award-winning posterior vaginal birth one. The vbac with twins! The surrogates! The footling breeches. The amazing array of head moulding. The mother labouring with cancer. The father on the iPad because he's deployed. The twins! The tandem nursing.

Every birth really is a miracle; every birth really is the most important birth ever.

Yes I went through all of the submissions...
posted by DarlingBri at 5:00 PM on October 2 [5 favorites]

Gorgeous, moving photos. The titles are rather trite. I guess when you have an image that powerful, best to let it speak for itself.

Thanks for this beautiful post!
posted by latkes at 6:47 PM on October 2 [2 favorites]

009 "Pieces of me" is such an amazing photo, I adore it. The messy hospital bed, the contrast between the naturalness of the baby and mom and the clinical blood pressure cuff and IV line, and at the bottom the massive placenta...just rad.
posted by supercrayon at 7:17 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]

Oh gosh. These are so beautiful, but I could look at 025 for a real long time today.
posted by jameaterblues at 7:54 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]

Kind of jealous - I'm just old enough to have been born before cameras in the delivery room, so the oldest picture of me is the “cleaned up and in a blanket like a burrito” variety. To this day, nobody can tell my newborn-in-a-blanket picture and my sister’s apart; not even Mom, who, one is informed, was there.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:37 PM on October 2 [2 favorites]

Fantastic pictures, thanks very much for sharing.
posted by smoke at 3:17 AM on October 3

Love at First Sight

God I love birth photos. Happy tears.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:37 AM on October 3

Professional Birth Photographers

I originally read that as Bird Photographers. I was so confused...
posted by supermedusa at 11:01 AM on October 3

I'd been a photojournalist of 20 years when a friend asked me to photograph her in childbirth.
I thanked her for asking, expressed how deeply honored I was, and said "But no."

Birth may be magic, but I can't imagine photographing it. Even these beautiful photos are hard to look at.

Kudos top those who are strong enough and sensitive enough to shoot images like these, but my gut reaction is still "Yikes. No,"

Side note: I pretty surprised that the people in them were willing to share them with the entire planet.
posted by cccorlew at 11:45 AM on October 3 [1 favorite]

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