The American Photographic Artists recently announced the winners of 2019’s APA Awards Photo competition and one of my images won 2nd Place! The image, titled “A Life Begins” shows a mother and her seven-minute old daughter in a hospital operating theater moments after giving birth.
Here’s the total caption:
After a 73-hour labor and an eventual caesarian section, Joanie Johnson embraces her healthy 7-minute old daughter as doctors stitch the incision. Despite spending more money than any other country on hospital-based maternal care, the United States maternal mortality rate has increased to 26 deaths per 100,000 from 17 deaths per 100,000 in 1990. Its current ranking of 138 out of 184 nations is below Belarus, Kazakhstan and Libya.
It feels great to share a powerful image with a wide audience and raise awareness of the challenges of the American health care system. Stay tuned for more great news soon!