Birth Videographer of The Year 2022 Awards Rules + Prizes


  • There is 1 overall Birth Videographer of the Year category in which a 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing will be designated.
  • Within the Birth Videographer of the Year category, the following 5 sub-categories (determined by film length) can be entered: 
    • Short format (e.g. reels/Tik Tok) – up to 90 seconds long (vertical orientation preferred)
    • Teaser film – up to 3 minutes long
    • Highlight reel – films up to 5 minutes long
    • Full length birth film – up to 15 minutes long
    • Documentary film – up to 30 minutes long
  • The entrant may submit up to 5 film entries in total. These can be in a single sub-category, or across sub-categories.
  • Each sub-category will be judged separately, however the overall winners chosen from their portfolio of entries, whether they enter one sub-category or multiple sub-categories.
  • The Birth Photographer of the Year will be judged as a completely separate overall category, with separate winners, and prizes, and will not contribute to the portfolio of the Birth Videographer of the Year.
  • All are welcome to enter.
  • Films entered in previous years cannot be entered (applicable from 2023).
  • Films must have been fully captured by the entrant.
  • Entrants must own the rights to the content within the film and the final film itself, including a music license (able to be produced, if requested).
  • Entrants may choose to outsource production as long as this is declared in the submission process. Failure to do so will lead to disqualification.
  • All third-party post production MUST have been done under the direct instruction of the videographer/entrant. 
  • Consent must be given by all subjects depicted in the film with model releases/proof of consent able to be provided if requested.
  • Judges are permitted to enter but will be removed by the panel chair (or must step down) when their own work is being judged.
  • Logos, credits or websites that identify the entrant, their business or associates are not permitted. Entries that do not comply will be returned to the entrant to resubmit pending time.

Film Submission Instructions

  • Entrants can submit their entries here.
  • Films must be uploaded to a location where 
  • Each film should be exported at 1080p HD
  • Files should be in .MP4 format
  • Films must be embeddable 
  • Entries must be named as “[Surname]_[First name]_Film_[Category]” to allow distinction between your entries. For example:

Barratt_Lacey_Film_Highlights etc.
**please use your name, not mine**



Entries Open 10 October 2021 to 31 October 2022
Judging begins November 9, 2022
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.

For our Inaugural BVOTY Awards 2022, entries will be $10 per entry. Please note pricing below will apply as normal for 2023

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 video for both members and non-members.

You may opt to get feedback on all films or only certain ones. Please select accordingly in your submission form.


    • Where feedback has been purchased, judges will be asked to discuss the film and provide critique for the entrant. 
    • For entries without purchased feedback, a number score will be given and no feedback will be provided unless the score is challenged. Please see Challenge Section for more clarification on challenges.
    • For the purpose of efficiency and thorough judging, all films submitted will be viewed by judges prior to live stream. For films longer than 5 minutes in length, the livestream will only show the first 5 mins. Entrants and observers are able to view all video entries in full on the website.
    • Live-streamed scoring can be viewed as the films are being judged.
    • Any discussion/feedback on an entry outside of the challenge process, does NOT constitute a challenge.
    • If your film has been challenged and you paid for feedback, you will have your film scored and challenged first. After the challenge, judges will then be asked to provide any additional feedback not covered in the challenge before the next entry is shown.
    • Judges feedback can be purchased for an additional $10AUD per submission.
    • 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.
    • Judges may also challenge an entry to bring the score down if they feel it has been overscored (which is much less common).

    Judges’ scoring will be live-streamed. Details will be sent out prior to the start of judging.


  • Each film will be vetted to ensure the authenticity of the production and to ensure they meet the criteria of the rules.
  • If films do not meet the rules outlined here, entrants will be notified. Non-responsive submitters will not be refunded.
  • Films that do not meet the vetting criteria may be returned to the entrance to fix any issues and be resubmitted pending there is time before the close of entries.
  • Exposing Birth reserves the right to disqualify entries during or after the competition if they are found to breach the rules of this competition, (even if they pass the initial vetting process).
  • The vetting team reserves the right to ask for raw files to verify the authenticity of the content.



  • All scenarios of birth are encouraged to be entered. We want representation, not just inclusivity.
  • Films must be an authentic representation of an event that unfolded in front of you without direction or placement. 
  • Films of staged model calls, workshops, or mock births are prohibited.
  • Portfolio building model calls are permitted as long as the model is legitimately giving birth/labour/postpartum in the film.
  • Still images are permitted within an entry.
  • Advanced post production is permitted, as long as it is a true and accurate representation of the events depicted.
  • Conversion to black and white is permitted.
  • All films must include some aspect of process of birth. 
  • Films may include scenes from maternity through to post-partum, as well as interviews and supporting footage/b-roll.
  • Post-partum is classified as anything up to 6 months from date of birth.
  • Submissions may contain family members.
  • Submissions may only contain birth workers (e.g. midwives, doctors, doulas etc.) where a written model release has been obtained, staff can confirm their consent if requested (e.g. via email, phone call or other method), or if their identity is unidentifiable.
  • Medical facilities (e.g. hospitals and birth centers) are only permitted to be identified so long as filming does not breach organisational policy (e.g. facility clearly states that filming is prohibited) and the film does not compromise the operation of the facility, or its birth workers (e.g. adverse outcomes and stillbirth).
  • Medical procedures (e.g. epidural, caesareans, instrumental delivery) may only be depicted where the hospital and/or birth workers are not identified, or written/verbal permission has been granted by the care provider depicted. 

Category Overview

Short Format (up to 90 seconds)– Does the short film convey a message quickly and efficiently. Does it aim to educate, entertain, or inspire its viewer. Was it done well in an exceptionally innovative way that we haven’t seen before?

Teaser (up to 3 minutes)– Does the teaser leave the viewer wanting to see more. Does it leave questions that need answering and the only way to answer them is to watch the feature length video. Does it have impact and intentionality with the messaging of what the feature length film would be about. 

Highlight Reel (up to 5 minutes)– Does the highlight give the viewer the best of the best moments of the film. Does it leave the viewer feeling satisfied and as if they understood all steps that happened even though some may be missing. 

Feature Length Birth Story (up to 15 minutes)– Does the feature length birth story give as many details without being too detailed and losing the message of the film. Is it put together in a way that elicits time and emotion in an effective way? Could the point of the story be told in 2 minutes instead of 10 minutes? 

Documentary (up to 30 minutes)– is the film covering an important topic that requires advocating for, or personal opinions. Is it educating on a topic that is lacking information? Does it happen over the span of a long time or is it a single birth story that has been told over 30 minutes. Are the interviews and audio overlays placed appropriately to convey the story.

Twenty (20) semi-finalists will be chosen to compete for Birth Videographer of the Year following the completion of live-judging. 

Semi-finalists are determined using the aggregate scores (total of achieved by each entrant.) The top 20 entrants with the highest aggregate score become the semi-finalists.

Each participant’s scores will be tallied up out of a max of 5 entries. Those 5 with the highest aggregate scores will be considered the Top 20.

For Example:

Scenario 1-

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

Sally enters 5 videos and each image scores 20 making her aggregate score 100.

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

Scenario 2-

Lacey enters 4 videos and each image scores 30 making her aggregate score 120

Sally enters 5 videos and each image scores 20 making her aggregate score 100.

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


How Finalists Are Chosen

To become a finalist you will have been chosen by our previous panel of 5 judges to proceed to the next phase of judging. Our judges are looking for diversity, innovation, visual communication, and impact.

Our panel of judges will then select 5 to proceed to be in the running to win Birth Videographer of the Year


How The Winner is Chosen

Our fresh panel of judges will then judges the final portfolios based on diversity, cohesiveness, innovation, and technical skill. From the 5 there First, Second, and Third Place winners will be announced with the following two submissions being runner-ups.


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 videographer still needs to garner some knowledge on basic video theory and technical skill. With some practice, improvement can easily be made.
Professional Standard- The videographer has displayed a basic understanding of basic camera technique and post production ie lighting, settings, music integration and colour grading). This would be what is expected of any professional videographer.
Bronze– The videographer has displayed above average skill. They have been able to produce a quality film using advanced technical skill, post production and intentional story telling.
Silver– The videographer has 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 in all aspects from filming to production.

How scoring is calculated:

5 judges offer a score between 0-50

Average: each individual judges scores are added up and divided by 5 (the number of judges) to give you your overall score for your image

Aggregate: if you entered multiple images, your individual score for each image will be added up to provide an aggregate score for your portfolio.
The top 20 aggregate scores will become our Top 20 Semi-Finalists


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

For example:

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

This score averages 23.4- Professional Standard 

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.

Rubric For Judges To Consider When Judging

Camera Technique:

  • FPS used
  • stabalisation
  • Lighting
  • Exposure
  • Settings etc

Post Production:

  • Colour grading
  • Music integration
  • Audio production + integration
  • timing/technique
  • Transitions

Story Telling:

  • Does it make sense? 
  • Does it flow? 
  • Is it dramatic/illicit emotion
  • Was it intentional
  • Was it creative and different


  • Have I seen this before?
  • If I have, does this have more impact or was done more efficiently?
  • Was it wow? 
  • Is this unique?
  • Could this be a new trend?
  • Could this pave or create new paths for videographers/birth

Visual Communication:

    • Did the artist articulate the message visually?
    • Was it executed well
    • Was it intentional
    • Did they do it concisely?



Birth Videographer of the Year Overall Winner
$250 AUD + Certificate

Birth Videographer of the Year Second Place

Birth Videographer of the Year Third Place

Certificate to commemorating your as Runners Up

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

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

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.

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