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

Birth photography is a particularly raw and intimate form of art. To celebrate this work, the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers holds an annual contest with winners selected by a panel of judges, as well as members of the organization around the world.

On Thursday, the IAPBP announced the winners of its ninth annual Birth Photography Image Competition, which honors excellence in categories including Labor, Delivery, Postpartum, Birth Details and Fresh 48.

“Winners were chosen on a point system and judged on technique, lighting, composition, emotional impact, creativity and storytelling,” says the competition’s website, adding, “While birth is beautiful, it is also messy and real.”

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

1
First Place Winner And Members’ Choice Best In Category: Postpartum
“A Moment of Silence”
2
Best In Category: Delivery And Members’ Choice Best In Category: Delivery
“Unmasking The Many Layers Of Birth”
3
Best In Category: Fresh 48
"Denial"
4
Best In Category: Labor
“Morning Light Creeps In”
5
Best In Category: Birth Details
"Warrior"
6
Best In Category: Postpartum
"Vernix Constellation"
7
Members’ Choice Best In Category: Labor
"I am a Birthing Goddess"
8
Members’ Choice Best In Category: Birth Details
“Baby Noah Empelicado"
9
Members’ Choice Best In Category: Fresh 48
“Her Cup Runneth Over...”
11
Honorable Mention
"She Watches Them"
12
Honorable Mention
"Unplanned, Furious and Free"
13
Honorable Mention
“Holding Two Sons”
15
Honorable Mention
"Overflowing Love"
17
Honorable Mention
"Colostrum Drunk"
19
Honorable Mention
“In It Together”
20
Honorable Mention
"In Between"
21
Honorable Mention
“On The Day You Were Born”