Images celebrating and supporting homebirth are key to the work we do as a trust. Seeing birth outside of a medicalised environment is one key factor to normalising birth at home. We rely on photos from within the community to do the essential work of the trust. The photos gained from our last photography competition allowed us to promote homebirth over the past five years with a truly Aotearoa perspective. Photos from the competition have been used in print material such as our bookmarks and postcards as well as on our website and magazine. Without these photos we would be relying on stock imagery, which falls well short of a true representation of birth and motherhood. One of our struggles has been to find images which are diverse and realistic.
Because our work has a broad scope, we also use photos which don’t specifically represent birth as a standalone subject. We are always looking for photos representing our beautiful homebirth whanau, any stage of maternity and of course our beautiful Aotearoa.
Submissions for the photography competition are open until February 28, so there is still time to get your submissions in
Here are the Categories – with a total prize pool $2000
Home Birth (open) – this category is about birth at home. Any photo depicting birth in the home space is eligible. This does not necessarily rule out birth outside of the home space, as long as your photo captures the heart of home birth we accept photos taken in any setting. We are however Home Birth focused, and as such, photos of birth, happening in the home space are truly treasured.
The dyad (open) – this category is about baby, and the person who birthed them. Whether it is portraying pregnancy, breastfeeding, babywearing, or simply just being together, we want to see the Dyad in action. As long as the birthing parent and baby are featured there is artistic licence to capture them in any way that works in the moment.
Whanau (open) – this category is about the homebirth whanau, whatever form this takes. Photos that explore the many diverse definitions of whanau in Aotearoa. In this category we would love to see photos with fathers, whanau, partners, mothers, relatives, friends, children and babies – however your whanau presents.
Aotearoa (open) – this category is about capturing the beauty and originality of Aotearoa as a place and as a place where we birth our babies. There is a broad scope within this category to capture the macro and the micro of our beautiful land. Native wildlife, flora and fauna, landscapes, skyscapes and symbols of Aotearoa as a country are all acceptable within this category.
Peoples favourite – voting for favourite images will open on 1 March, all votes will be counted and the people’s favourite will be determined based on likes. This prize is across categories