These Award-Winning Photos Show The Intense Beauty Of The Birth Process

The International Association of Birth Photographers’ annual competition collects the most stunning and raw photos taken by birth photographers from around the world. These images capture a wide range of emotions: joy, ᴘᴀɪɴ, but ultimately, they capture the love that accompanies the birth of a new baby. Here are the winners and some of the honorable mentions from the 2020 competition.

First Place: “A Moment Of Silence”

Jessica Vink of VI Photography captured this gorgeous shot of a mother holding her baby shortly after birth. Both look relieved and comforted by one another.

Best In Birth Details: “Warrior”

This stunning photo from Bree Garcia of J&B Photography shows a laboring mother’s body in the midst of a contraction.

Member’s Choice First Place: “Ring of Fire”

For many women, this is one of the most intense parts of the birth process as the baby’s head begins to crown. Katie Torres of Your Story – Professional Birth Services took this photo of a mom entering the final stages of labor and delivery.

Member’s Choice Best In Birth Details: “Baby Noah Empelicado”

Jana Brasil of JanaBrasil Fotografia caught a rare event on film: the birth of a baby born en caul, or still in an intact amniotic sac. This image actually went viral outside of the competition.

Honorable Mention: “In Between”

In this photo by Daniela Justus of Daniela Justus Fotografia, a baby born in its amniotic sac looks peaceful as it enters the world.

Honorable Mention: “Unplanned, Furious and Free”

Bree Garcia of J&B Photography LLC took this emotional shot of a mom on the verge of welcoming her baby into the world.

Honorable Mention: “We’ve Got You Baby”

Both parents grasp their newborn in this dramatic photo taken by Belle Verdiglione of Belle Verdiglione Photography.

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