The True Meaning of “Awesome”: Best Birth Photos of 2019 From Birth Becomes Her Competition

Photography: Fox Valley Birth and Baby

By Hannah Schenker

We all throw the word “awesome” around like confetti – because it’s such an awesome word! The word “awe”, of which “awesome” comes from, refers to a state of wonder. Something that is awesome is something that inspires that state of wonder, and birth photography has got to be one of the most awesome examples of this.

To celebrate the incredible work of birth photographers and the awe they inspire in us all, Birth Becomes Her (a website devoted to birth photography) have recently announced the winners of their 2019 competition focussing on various aspects of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.

“We are excited to see the contest grow each year, as we believe there is POWER in seeing real and striking images of birth. The artists who submitted to this contest are incredibly talented and their work makes a huge difference to families in both the local and international community. We hope that this collection changes the public’s perception on birth and reminds us that we have options when birthing our babies.” – Birth Becomes Her

They received a whopping 1200+ images from birth photographers around the world, from over a dozen international countries. There were five categories for photographers to submit to: hospital, out-of-hospital, color, black and white, and postpartum. They conducted a People’s Choice vote, and you can find those winners here. Their incredible judging panel selected this years’ final winning images, which we are fortunate enough to share with you here!

Welcome to the truly awesome world of birth.


OVERALL WINNER Sadie Wild Photography


2nd Place Overall – Belle Verdiglione Photography


3rd Place Overall – Toni Nichole Photos

Category Winners

1st Place Hospital – Life and Lens Photography
1st Place Out of Hospital – Northern Light Photography
1st Place Color – Mary Nieland from Fox Valley Birth and Baby
1st Place Black and White – Cat Fancote
1st Place Postpartum – Photo: Art by Jessica
See next page for more category winners…
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