These stunning, award-winning birth photos will take your breath away

Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography

The clever winners of the 2017 Birth Photography Competition have just been revealed, and each and every shot is a reminder of the miracle of birth and the strength of amazing women.

Beautiful birth moments

Birth photographers cleverly combine technical skill, an artist’s eye and a sensitive approach to capture life-changing events for families around the world.

Not only do they document these special experiences, they allow others to catch a glimpse of the reality and beauty of birth. This competition proudly celebrates and rewards the very personal, intimate work these (mostly) women do.

The awards are run by the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP).

Their founder Lyndsay Stradtner, thanked the talented creatives and families who shared these emotional, powerful images so generously.

“I am so thrilled to be able to feature the tremendous talent of our members in the image competition this year,” said Stradtner.

“I want to thank each and every IAPBP member who entered this year and, of course, the families who agreed to share their beautiful birth moments with the world.”

The winners were announced on January 19.

2017 Birth Photography Competition

Overall Winner

The 2017 First Place winner is: Jaydene Freund of Cradled Creations

 

Road to Deliverance Jaydene Freund – Cradled Creations

 

Road to Deliverance
Jaydene Freund – Cradled Creations

 


Category Winners

The 2017 Category Winners are Katie Mathis, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Natasha Hance and Kourtnie Scholz (see below.)

 

Best In Category: Labor

 

Determination Katie Mathis Photography

Determination
Katie Mathis Photography
(above)

 

Best In Category: Delivery

 

 With A Splash Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography

With A Splash
Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography
(above)

 

Best In Category: Postpartum

 Straight from Heaven Natasha Hance – Birth Unscripted

Straight from Heaven
Natasha Hance – Birth Unscripted
(above)

 

Best In Category: Birth Details

Pieces of Me Kourtnie Scholz – KEDocumentary

Pieces of Me
Kourtnie Scholz – KEDocumentary
(above)

 

But wait, there’s even more!

These photos are intimate and awe-inspiring.

We feel very privileged to catch a glimpse of these births.

The IAPBP also released the Honourable Mention list for these annual awards – a selection of must-see amazing, birth-capturing images.

Click through to view the Honourable Mention photos.

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