A grieving mum has said she’s extremely proud the touching photo of her son, Tiger, with the ashes of his late twin brother has won a major international photography award.

New Zealand mum, Cherie Ayrton, found out at her five-month anatomy scan one of her twin babies, Johnny, has sadly passed away in the womb, shares Yahoo BE.

Cherie carried Johnny to term until she had a stillbirth, as if she didn’t, his twin brother Tiger might not have survived.

Last week, a precious photo of newborn baby, Tiger, lying next to the ashes of his late brother Johnny – with the pair connected by a symbolic umbilical cord of white muslin cloth – won big at an international photography show.

Photographer, Sarah Simmons, who snapped the incredible shot, took home awards in the newborn, family and grand champion categories at the prestigious 2018 Portrait Masters Awards.

Mum Cherie said while she’s ecstatic for Sarah and is ‘very proud’ of the image, the interest in the photo has brought back a lot of traumatic memories for her.

“It’s been an emotional few days and has brought back a lot of feelings and memories of what I have been through and am still going through,” Cherie told Be.

“I’m also very proud and honored that it’s being shared because of Sarah’s amazing talent. I’m so happy for her and her success.

“I love the fact that my son’s memory might help other families get through their own journeys.”

Cherie believes that stillbirths aren’t spoken about enough and said that if her hurt can help others heal, she’ll feel her pain is worth it.

“I’ve been trying to raise awareness for stillborn loss since, so I’m very happy this beautiful picture is being shared,” she said.

“Hopefully my hurt can help others. It’s a lonely journey if no one speaks up.”

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  • A very lovely photo – hard to come to grips with now, but a wonderful lasting memory for all.


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  • A strong and touching image indeed ! it speaks many words of the heartbreak behind it. I think sadly many people can relate.


  • This photo reminds me of a Frida Kahlo painting actually. So before I read the article it developed an emotional connection. I’m glad it won, as it portrays a raw emotion and embodies purposeful art.


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  • A picture is really worth 1000 words. This Ismail so beautiful yet sad. This baby boy is so beautiful.


  • A beautiful powerful photo and article.
    It seems miscarriage is talked about a lot more than stillbirth is.


  • Wow what such of an emotional photo. So meaningful, and beautiful.
    I think stillbirths and miscarriages arent talked about as most people dont know how to respond to someone in that circumstance.


  • A lovely photo. My sympathy for the renewed trauma, though.


  • What a beautiful and special photo. xxx


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