Parents

Here Are The Best Birth Photos Of 2016

Seriously, WOW.
01/23/2017 10:21am ET

Every year, the International Association of Professionals Birth Photographers (IAPBP) hosts its annual “Image of The Year” competition honoring the best of the best from more than 1,200 member photographers working in 42 different countries. They are photographs that capture the intimacy, raw power and yes, the messiness of labor and delivery.

Here are the winners of the 2017 competition ― and some of the honorable mentions ― all of which prove birth is breathtaking in every form. (Click here to see the full list.)

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Best In Category, Labor
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Best In Category, Delivery
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Best In Category, Birth Details
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Best In Category, Postpartum
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Honorable Mention
"Dad with brain cancer holding his baby."
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Honorable Mention
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Honorable Mention
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Honorable Mention
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Honorable Mention
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Honorable Mention
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Honorable Mention
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Honorable Mention
"Intended mother catches her baby born via surrogacy."
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Birth Photographer Captures Priceless Moment