Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa, and welcome to the announcement of our 2017/2018 prizewinners for the Home Birth Aotearoa Photography competition.

So many beautiful photos were submitted, it was a true challenge to choose the winning pictures. What a rich and wonderful selection. These photos will become an essential resource for the mahi we do for Home Birth in Aotearoa, a true taonga. They are also a testament to strength and diversity of our community.

So without any pre-amble – here they are.

Peoples Favourite $200 – Emily Holdaway

“After a full night in labour and no baby, we were all exhausted. Our 2 year old toddler, who had his own camera to document the birth of his sibling, snapped this photo of an exhausted dad. Waiting.”

Peoples favourite winner.


Prize winners – category Home Birth

First prize winner $150 – Kathryn Howard

“The moment I realized my son was here and needed me to bring him out of the water. This was the most precious moment of my life.”

Home Birth, First Prize – Open division


Second prize winner $100 – Genevieve White “Caught between worlds”

Home Birth, Second Prize – Open division


Third Prize Winner $50 – Cheyjuana Doyle “A moment of pure love after our baby arrived earth side.”

Third Prize, The Dyad – Open Division



Prize winners – category ‘The Dyad’

First Prize Winner $150 – Rererangi Pio “Beautiful home birth of our baby girl born 12lbs 6oz. Photo taken by our midwife. The most wonderful experience of my life, celebrated by many whanau who joined us.”

First prize winner – The Dyad, Open Division



Second Prize Winner $100 – Chevelle Tunnell “Delilah and mummy’s first eye contact”

Second prize, The Dyad – Open division



Third Prize Winner $50 – Chanelle Vaughan “Brother, Sister and Dad getting the first glimpse of our newest member”

Third prize. The Dyad – Open division



Prize winners – category ‘whanau’

First Prize Winner $150- Cheyjuana Doyle “Breath of Life”

First prize, Whanau – Open division


Second Prize Winner $100 – Donna Cash/Aunt Theresa Marie “First time the tuākana meet their tēina”

Second prize, Whanau – Open division


Third Prize Winner $50 – Helen Farr  “pure light and love”

Third prize, Whanau – Open division



Prize winners – category ‘Aotearoa’

First Prize Winner $150 – Kelly Dorgan “manuka”

First prize, Aotearoa – Open division


Second Prize Winner $100– Larne Wilson “koru”

Second prize, Aotearoa – Open division


Third Prize Winner $50 – Emily Holdaway  “ Our cord cutting set.  Dad made the kinfe, delivered the baby, then cut and tied the cord.”

Third prize, Aotearoa – Open division



Prize winners – category Junior

First Prize Winner $100-Alexandra Evatt “The day my brother was born”

First prize – Junior


Second Prize Winner $50 – Jessame Thomas “Home Birth taken by my 11 year old”

Second prize – junior


Third Prize Winner $25 Marcus Evatt “Mother & new homebirthed babe snapped by 3yo Big Brother – so excited to see “his” photo, he moved while taking it”

Third prize – Junior


The terms and conditions are available here: https://homebirth.org.nz/home-birth-aotearoa-photography-competition-2017-2018-terms-conditions/


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