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5 Incredible Images from the 2011 Birth Photography Competition

I love the enclosed point of view on this photo by Hally D.

The 2011 Birth Photograph of the Year contest is on over at the International Association of Birth Photographers website. The images are all incredible. I really am constantly amazed by what these photographers are able to capture. |

Birth is an intimate moment– or series of moments– full of so much meaning but sometimes not easy to represent in a single shot. Also, women in labor sometimes look like they are asleep or just leaning on a chair or something ordinary, even if their interior world is being rocked.

These brilliant photographers somehow manage to snap at the right moment. (And how they get the lighting to be so good is an utter mystery to me!)

Here are five pictures I loved from the official selection but THEY ARE ALL SO GOOD and I encourage you to go check all them out. You can vote for your favorite until midnight tonight (February 19th).

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  • Photo by Jessica Strom 1 of 5
    Photo by Jessica Strom
    The iphone situates this timeless moment firmly in 2011.
    Photo by Jessica Strom
  • Photo by Sally Clark 2 of 5
    Photo by Sally Clark
    Birth is about the cycle of life. Photo by Sally Clark
  • Photo by Keren Fenton 3 of 5
    Photo by Keren Fenton
    And the baby is raised up into the light! What a moment!
    Photo by Kenen Fenton
  • Photo by Allie Bennet 4 of 5
    Photo by Allie Bennet
    Just another day on the couch watching TV.
    Photo by Allie B Photography
  • Photo by Carolyn Spranger 5 of 5
    Photo by Carolyn Spranger
    And then there's just the total amazingness of it all. Incredible how it all works.
    Photo by Carolyn Spranger Photography

 

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