Labor is a beautiful thing, and some couples hire birth photographers to document childbirth‘s most raw, vulnerable moments.

To celebrate this deeply personal experience and the beautiful images that have frozen it in time, The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers holds a photo contest every year. The competition celebrates the best birth photos of the year in four categories: labor, delivery, postpartum, and birth details.

Thousands of breathtaking images are entered (see them all at the bottom of this page) each year, and winners are judged on a points system that includes technicality, emotionality, and composition.

Take a look at this year’s winners below:

2019 International Birth Photography Winners

First Place Winner

059 – Our Rainbow Baby is Finally Here
Belle Verdiglione
Belle Verdiglione Photography
Australia

Belle Verdiglione Photography

Best In Category: Labor

243 – Water Birth in Sunset
Dora Barens
Dora Barens Geboortefotografie
Netherlands

243 – Water birth in sunset – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Best In Category: Delivery

229 – Many Hands
Ashley Marston
Ashley Marston Photography
Canada

229 – Delivery – Many Hands – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Best In Category: Birth Details

029 – Enveloped
Samantha Evans
Sevan Photography
Canada

029 – Birth Details – Enveloped – Samantha Evans – – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Best In Category: Postpartum

359 – The Most Glorious Cleansing of All
Jerusha Sutton
Jerusha Sutton Photography
Australia

359 – The most glorious cleansing of all – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Best In Category: Fresh 48

186 – This is Us
Kimberly Kimble
Rushes & Waves
United States

186 – Fresh 48 – This is Us – Kimberly Kimble – – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Members Choice Awards

Members’ Choice First Place Winner

059 – Our Rainbow Baby is Finally Here
Belle Verdiglione
Belle Verdiglione Photography
Australia

Belle Verdiglione Photography

Members’ Choice Best In Category: Birth Details

029 – Enveloped
Samantha Evans
Sevan Photography
Canada

029 – Birth Details – Enveloped – Samantha Evans – – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Members’ Choice Best In Category: Delivery

250 – “They said I couldn’t do it.” – VBAC MAMA
Brittany Fisher
Micah Lynn Birth Stories
United States

250 – MCDelivery – They said I couldn’t do it. – VBAC Mama – Brittany Fisher – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Members’ Choice Best In Category: Labor

130 – My Love, My Hero
Cindy Willems
Birth Day geboortefotografie
Netherlands

130 – MCLabor – My love, my hero – Cindy Willems – – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Members’ Choice Best In Category: Postpartum

285 – Peek-a-Boo
Heather Sears
Heather Sears Photography
United States

285 – MCPostpartum – Peek-A-Boo – Heather Sears – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Honorable Mentions

013 – Little Koala
Dania Watson
Lauren + Douglas
Australia

013 – HM – LIttle Koala – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

058 – Nuchal Hand and Cord Baby Born Into Dad’s Hands
Belle Verdiglione
Belle Verdiglione Photography
Australia

Belle Verdiglione Photography

067 – Wake Up
Sarah Romero
Sarah Elizabeth Photography
United States

067 – HM – Wake Up – – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

082 – Pure Joy
Marjolein Loppies
Curacao Nasemento
Curacao

082 – HM – Pure Joy – – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

102 – The Final Separation
Lawren Snapka
Lawren Rose Photography
United States

102 – HM – The Final Separation – Lawren Snapka – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

173 – With Woman
Amanda Ditzel
Raleigh Birth Photography
United States

173 – HM – With Woman – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

193 – Sister In Arms
Deborah Elenter
NEO Photography
Uruguay

193 – HM – Sister in arms – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

194 – Can’t Take my Eyes Off You
Deborah Elenter
NEO Photography
Uruguay

194 – HM – Can’t take my eyes off you – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

257 – Sweet Brothers Meeting
BARBARA AVIZ
BARBARA AVIZ PHOTOGRAPHY
Brazil

257 – HM – sweet brothers meeting – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

265 – Induction: 43 Weeks
Elaine Baca
Lane B Photography
United States

265 – HM – Induction 43 Weeks – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

311 – Birth Leaves It’s Mark On Us All
Sarah Widnyana
Life & Lens Photography
Australia

311 – HM – Birth leaves it’s mark on us all – Sarah Widnyana – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

348 – A Father is Born
Heather Nerheim
Wildheart Photography
United States

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353 – From All Angles
Shea Long
Coastal Lifestyles Photography
Canada

Photo taken by: Coastal Lifestyles Photography

354 –  Needing Space
Shea Long
Coastal Lifestyles Photography
Canada

354 – HM – Needing Space – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

372 – The Emotions Of A Big Brother To Be
Bree Garcia
J&B Photography LLC
United States

372 – HM – The emotions of a big brother to be – Bree Garcia – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

376 – Her Rainbow is Here
Bree Garcia
J&B Photography LLC
United States

376 – HM – Her rainbow is here – The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography Competition – Pregnancy post by Mama Natural

Congratulations to all the 2019 International Birth Photography winners and honorees! (And, of course, to all the mamas and papas featured in these photos!) We are in awe of your beautiful and inspiring work!


2018 International Birth Photography Winners

Want to view more breathtaking images? Check out last year’s winners below.

First Place Winner

098 – Stunning Siblings First Encounter
Marijke Thoen
Marijke Thoen Birthphotography
Belgium

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 98-Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie Cisse-2

Best In Category: Labor

002 – Nowhere and Everywhere
Rebecca Coursey-Rugh
rebecca coursey, photographer + doula
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 2-rebeccacourseyrugh-4

Best In Category: Delivery

201 – En Caul Baby Birth
Daniela Justus
DANIELA JUSTUS FOTOGRAFIA
Brazil

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 201-PARTOGABRIELA-39-2

Best In Category: Postpartum

114 – Flesh of my Flesh
Esther Edith
Esther Edith Photographer & Doula
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 114-Postpartum 1- Esther Edith Spokane Birth Photographer (watermarked)

Best In Category: Birth Details

203 – Birth of a Brother
Daniela Justus
DANIELA JUSTUS FOTOGRAFIA
Brazil

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 203-NASCIMENTOISABELLA-119-2

Members Choice Awards

Members Choice Winner

107 – Three Become Four
Esther Edith
Esther Edith Photographer & Doula
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 107-Delivery – Esther Edith Spokane Birth Photographer (watermarked)

 

 

Members Choice Best In Category: Postpartum

288 – Take my hand, Hold my heart
Tamara Milldove
Milldove Photography – Maternity, Birth and Newborn
New Zealand

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 288-IMG_0834bw3mp

Members Choice Best In Category: Birth Details

160 – Bulging Forewaters
Cat Fancote
Capturing Birth
Australia

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 160-Bulging-Forewaters_FullRes_Watermarked

Honorable Mentions

019 – Underwater Scream
Caroline Devulder
Caromama
Belgium

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 19-SIFRA_209

029 – Love Complete
Marjolein Loppies
Curacao Nasemento
Curacao

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 29-Love Complete – Curacao Nasemento SMALL

036 – Mother Hat
Lela BeltrĂŁo
Coletivo Buriti
Brazil

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 36-cecilia_58

049 – A Physiological Third Stage
Paige Driscoll
Santa Cruz Birth Photography & Doula Services
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 49-iabp contest (3)-2

064 – Admiration and Relief
Kandyce Joeline
Songbird and Oak Photography
Canada

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 64-Baby Cota 179-2

088 – How Big
Megan Brock
Meg Brock Photography
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 88-John Laury Birthday (226 of 290)

150 – Nurse Liinda
Tammy Karin
Little Leapling Photography
United States

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193 – Liquid Gold
CARLEE MELENKO
C Daisy Birth and Lifestyle Photography
Canada

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 193-IMG_2118

233 – Labor by Candlelight
Ashley Marston
Ashley Marston Photography
Canada

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 233-2D5A1645-2

267 – Touch
Krista Evans
Krista Evans Photography Inc
Canada

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 267-Touch-WM

293 – Fist Bump for Mom
Neely Ker-Fox
Ker-Fox Photography
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 293-birth photography, columbus, ga, ker-fox photography, clear drape WM

311 – Birthing Waves
Robin Baker
Birth Blessings Photography & Doula Services
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners – 311-RobinBakerDetails2017web

Where to See More

2019 Image Competition: http://birthphotographyimagecompetition.com/
International Association of Professional Birth Photographers: http://birthphotographers.com/