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The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers announced its contest winners.

Birth photography is an incredibly raw and personal kind of art. To honor this work, the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers holds an annual contest with judging open to its 1,100+ members from more than 50 countries ― as well as a panel of officials.

The eighth annual IAPBP Image Competition celebrates winners in the categories of labor, delivery, postpartum, birth details and Fresh 48.

“Birth photography encompasses the tears of joy, the wonder of bringing a new life into the world and celebrates family,” the contest press release notes. “The photographers who specialize in the field use their art to tell the story of birth.”

Continue scrolling to see this year’s judge-selected and members’ choice winners, as well as some beautiful honorable mentions. You can visit the IAPBP website to see all the entries. (Note: Some of these images may be considered NSFW.)

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First Place Winner / Members’ Choice First Place Winner
"Our Rainbow Baby Is Finally Here"
2
Best In Category: Fresh 48
"This Is Us"
3
Best In Category: Birth Details
"Enveloped"
4
Best In Category: Labor
"Water Birth In Sunset"
5
Best In Category: Delivery
"Many Hands"
6
Best In Category: Postpartum
"The Most Glorious Cleansing Of All"
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Members’ Choice Best In Category: Labor
"My Love, My Hero"
8
Members’ Choice Best In Category: Postpartum
"Peek-A-Boo"
9
Members’ Choice Best In Category: Delivery
“'They Said I Couldn't Do It' -- VBAC Mama"
10
Honorable Mention
"Cant Take My Eyes Off You"
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Honorable Mention
"Pure Joy"
12
Honorable Mention
"A Father Is Born"
13
Honorable Mention
"With Woman"
14
Honorable Mention
"Sister In Arms"
15
Honorable Mention
"The Final Separation"
16
Honorable Mention
"The Emotions Of A Big Brother To Be"
18
Honorable Mention
"Induction: 43 Weeks"
19
Honorable Mention
"Sweet Brothers Meeting"
20
Honorable Mention
"Birth Leaves Its Mark On Us All"
21
Honorable Mention
"Needing Space"
22
Honorable Mention
"Nuchal Hand And Cord Baby Born Into Dad's Hands"
23
Honorable Mention
"From All Angles"
24
Honorable Mention
"The Rainbow Is Here"
25
Honorable Mention
"Little Koala"
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