Birth Photographer of The Year 2022 Awards Rules + Prizes

 General Image Rules

  • Images that do not meet the vetting criteria may be returned to you to fix any issues and be resubmitted pending there is time before the close of entries.
  • There is one category. All Birth entries will be submitted into Birth.
  • Images must be taken by the entrant.
  • Entrant must own the rights to the image.
  • Images must be edited by the entrant. 
  • Outsourcing editing is not allowed.
  • All scenarios of birth are encouraged to be entered. We want representation, not just inclusivity. Please represent all Peoples.
  • Each image will be vetted to ensure the authenticity of the photograph and to ensure they meet the criteria of the rules.
  • If images do not meet the rule criteria, entrants will be notified. Non-responsive submitters will not be refunded.
  • Exposing Birth reserves the right to disqualify entries later in the competition if they are found to not meet the vetting criteria.
  • The vetting team reserves the right to ask for raw files to verify the authenticity of the image as well as written model/consent forms to verify subjects in images.
  • Images must be an actual representation of an event that unfolded in front of you without direction or placement. 
  • No staged model calls, No workshops, and no Mock birth images may be submitted. Portfolio building model calls are accepted as long as the model is actually giving birth/labour/postpartum.
  • Basic editing techniques are able to be used. This means no major pixel manipulation. NO cloning and NO composites. If it can be done in a darkroom it can be done in the competition.
  • Basic dodging and burning, vignettes, levels layers and application of texture and clarity and sharpening is allowed (this is the only pixel manipulations allowed)
  • Conversion to black and white is allowed.
  • Images must have been taken in the last 4 years from close of entries.
  • Judges are permitted to enter however will not be on the panel as their images are being judged.
  • ALL entries should NOT be watermarked. Watermarked entries will be returned to you to resubmit pending time.

 

 Image Submission Criteria

  • Each image should be sized to 3000 pixels on the longest side
  • colour space should be in sRGB 
  • please use JPEG as your image format
  • no image should exceed 2MB in size
    please name your entries with this format pending the number of entries you are submitting
    Barratt_Lacey_01
    Barratt_Lacey_02 etc.

    *please use your name, not mine 

  • Birth Images must be of birthing people in at least early labour: No maternity, No newborn (documentary-style or posed), No fresh 48. No pre-labour.
  • images may be of birthing people in early labour, active labour, transition, pushing, and up to three hours postpartum
  • submissions may contain family members
  • submissions may contain medical staff ONLY IF a written model release is obtained or if their identity is unidentifiable
  • no hospital should be able to be identified in any images unless written consent has been obtained
  • postpartum submissions must be within 3 hours of giving birth
  • images must have been taken within the past 4 years. Images older than this may be disqualified.
  • vetting team reserves the right to ask for raw files to verify the validity of all images submitted
  • Round, oval and square crops are accepted. Please be creative and crop however you’d like to tell the story!
  • Story boards, diptych, triptych allowed

IMPORTANT DATES

Entries Open 10 October 2021 to 31 October 2022
Judging begins November 7 & 8 at 9AM AEDT
(Note this is the 6 & 7 for USA)
Judging Times, Dates, and Live-Stream links to be announced
Semi-finalists, Finalists and Winners will be announced closer to the closing of the competition

You may submit a maximum amount of FIVE entries.

Pricing is as follows for MEMBERS:
1 Entry- $25 AUD
2 Entries- $50 AUD
3 Entries- $75 AUD
4 Entries- $100 AUD
5 Entries- $100 AUD

Pricing is as follows for NON-MEMBERS:
1 Entry- $35 AUD
2 Entries- $70 AUD
3 Entries- $105 AUD
4 Entries- $140 AUD
5 Entries- $150 AUD

Feedback is $10AUD per image for both members and non-members.
You may have all images with feedback or only certain ones. Please select accordingly in your submission form.

 

  • All are welcome to enter.
  • You may not enter previously entered images in other years.
  • Judges scoring will be live-streamed (images will not be talked about or given feedback unless purchased, only a number score will be given unless challenged. Please see Challenge Section for more clarification)
  • live-streamed scoring will be only to view the scores as the images are judged. To obtain feedback, you can purchase the FeedBack option / image at checkout for a discussion to be held live on your image.
  • Please make it known that discussions/feedback does NOT constitute a challenge.
  • if your image has been challenged and you paid for feedback, you will have your image scored and challenged first and then judges will proceed to give feedback before the next image is shown.
    judges feedback can be purchased for an additional $10AUD per image
  • judges are able to challenge a score to bring it up if they think their peers have missed an integral part of the image or misinterpreted it.
    there is a Gold, Silver, Bronze award system

How Semi-Finalists Are Chosen

Winners are chosen out of a pool of the top twenty highest scoring portfolios by artist. 

Each participant’s scores will be tallied up out of a max of 5 entries. Those with the highest cumulative scores will be entered into the top 20 semi-finalists. 

For Example:
Scenario 1-

Lacey enters 4 images and scores 20 on all 4 images making her cumulative score 80

Sally enters 5 images and each image scores 20 making her cumulative score 100.

Sally would then proceed to be a semi-finalist pending 19 other participants did not score higher than her cumulative.

Scenario 2-

Lacey enters 4 images and each image scores 30 making her cumulative score 120

Sally enters 5 images and each image scores 20 making her cumulative score 100.

Lacey would then proceed to be a semi-finalist pending 19 other participants did not score higher than her cumulative.

 

How Finalists Are Chosen

To become a finalist, there is an application process. All semi-finalists are invited to apply.

From the top twenty semi-finalists, all are invited to apply for a finalist position by submitting a letter of recommendation from a peer, such as a medical professional or peer in the photographic industry.

Participants must also submit a review from a client who’s birth you shot.

Out of the recommendations, our panel of judges will then select 5 to proceed to be in the running to win Birth Photographer of the Year

 

How The Winner is Chosen

Our fresh panel of judges will then invite the top 5 semi-finalists to submit a business review written by them about their own business. This will require the participant to review their business and answer questions on sustainability, ethics, and community. From the 5 applications, First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced with the following two submissions being runner-ups.

Judging

Judging criteria is as follows:

Each image will be judged individually based on the skill of the photographer.

  • 0-19 Approaching Professional Standard
  • 20-29- Professional Standard
  • 30-39- Bronze
  • 40-44- Silver
  • 45-50- Gold

Approaching Professional Standard– The photographer still needs to garner some knowledge on basic photography theory and technical skill. With some practice, improvement can easily be made.
Professional Standard- The photographer has displayed a basic understanding of lighting, exposure, shadows, highlights and composition. This would be what is expected of any professional photographer.
Bronze– The photographer has displayed above average skill. They understand that all categories work together and have made each one flow together.
Silver– The photographer displayed superior skill and knowledge in lighting, creativity, and composition. Visual communication and emotive storytelling is apparent.
Gold– The photographer exceeds in technical skill,  innovation, emotional storytelling, and visual communication. Clear intention is executed and communicated.

CHALLENGES

A judge may choose to challenge the score of an image only if he or she is more than 10 points off from the lowest scoring judge.

For example:

  • Judge 1 scores 35
  • Judge 2 scores 19
  • Judge 3 scores 21
  • Judge 4 scores 20
  • Judge 5 scores 22

Judge 1 then has the opportunity to challenge this image and talk to the panel of judges and explain why he/she thinks this is a higher scoring image. A discussion can emerge and judges can then rescore with a new perspective.

P R I Z E S

Birth Photographer of the Year Overall Winner
$750 AUD + Trophy + Certificate

Birth Photographer of the Year Second Place
$500 AUD + Trophy + Certificate

Birth Photographer of the Year Third Place
$250 AUD + Trophy + Certificate 

RUNNERS UP
Certificate to commemorating your as Runners Up

Top 5
Certificate commemorating you as Top 5

Top 20
Certificate commemorating you as Top 20

GOLD AWARDS
Badge to place over your image + certificate to commemorate your gold award. 

SILVER AWARDS
Badge to place over your image + certificate to commemorate your silver award.

BRONZE AWARDS
Badge to place over your image + certificate to commemorate your bronze award.  

 

All Physical Items will be mailed to you. Exposing Birth and Sponsors cover prize money and printing. Shipping is paid by the entrant.

Please thank a sponsor.