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.