Thank you to all the photographers that participated in the Motherhood Photo Contest in collaboration with Sigma, sharing their best photos showing your interpretation of Motherhood. Congratulations to the winners and finalists, and a special round of applause for the Grand Jury Winner who wins a Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens.

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer Ryan Brown for his collaboration as a guest judge. Ryan Brown, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr. CPP, is a photographer in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from Central Missouri State University. Ryan holds the certifications of Certified Professional Photographer, Certified Wedding Photographer and Certified Stock Photographer.

Grand Jury Winner

"This one jumped out at me immediately.  Is it perfect?  No.  Its better because its real.  When you look at the mother she is engulfed in only of a few of the many of the jobs a mother has to do.  She has one laying on her, one pulling, and another feeding.  Also, I love the composition.  Triangular composition in photographs are strong elements.  This one reads from the left being led in to the mother and baby by the child on the left.  Also, the child on the right provides a really nice frame for your eye to bounce back in to the image.  The mothers angle and look draws you down to the baby and right back through the lines of the triangle.  The expressions on the kids look real.  Great image!" - Ryan Brown 

Runner Up

"This image I thought was nice but it is one I could never really forget about.  Because of this, it has the element of impact.  You get a nice wow at first but then it never really goes away.  You can’t stop thinking about this mother doing work all while taking care of her child.  This really tells a great story about priorities and motherhood." - Ryan Brown 

People's Choice

"Going back to the triangular composition this is a great use of the shape and line.  Also, the bright area in the middle provides a really nice contrast to the subjects. The lighting on the subjects is enhanced by the rim or edge light of the sun.  The outer edge of the subjects are lit all the way around providing extra background separation.  If I could provide one comment that could have brought this up in the rankings it would be to have the mom loosen the grip on the child.  The grip looks really tight like the child was trying to get away.  Just the grip tightness in my mind contradicts the emotion found in the faces." - Ryan Brown 

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