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19/04/2018 06:29 SAST | Updated 19/04/2018 06:29 SAST

20 Stunningly Raw And Intimate Birth Photos

The photos submitted to the contest highlight the beauty, intimacy and ― yes ― messiness of birth.

Kandyce Joeline — Songbird and Oak Photography

Each year, the International Association of Professionals Birth Photographers hosts its Image of the Year Competition to honour the work of photographers who capture labour and delivery around the world. The photos submitted to the contest highlight the beauty, intimacy and ― yes ― messiness of birth.

Below are the winners and honourable mentions of the 2018 competition ― a collection of stunning photos that showcase the raw power of these moments.

  • 1"Nowhere and Everywhere"
    Rebecca Coursey, Photographer + Doula
    Best In Category: Labor
  • 2"Birth of a Brother"
    Daniela Justus Photography
    Best In Category: Birth Details
  • 3"Three Become Four"
    Esther Edith Photographer & Doula
    Members Choice Winner
  • 4"En Caul Baby Birth"
    Daniela Justus Photography
    Best In Category: Delivery
  • 5"Flesh of my Flesh"
    Esther Edith Photographer & Doula
    Best In Category: Postpartum
  • 6"Stunning Sibling's First Encounter"
    Marijke Thoen Birth Photography
    First Place Winner
  • 7"Take My Hand, Hold My Heart"
    Tamara Milldove — Milldove Photography – Maternity, Birth and Newborn
    Members Choice Best In Category: Postpartum
  • 8"Bulging Forewaters"
    Cat Fancote — Capturing Birth
    Members Choice Best In Category: Birth Details
  • 9"Fist Bump For Mom"
    Neely Ker-Fox — Ker-Fox Photography
    Honorable Mention
  • 10"Love Complete"
    Marjolein Loppies — Curacao Nasemento
    Honorable Mention
  • 11"How Big"
    Megan Brock — Meg Brock Photography
    Honorable Mention
  • 12"Touch"
    Krista Evans — Krista Evans Photography Inc
    Honorable Mention
  • 13"Nurse Linda"
    Tammy Karin — Little Leapling Photography
    Honorable Mention
  • 14"Admiration and Relief"
    Kandyce Joeline — Songbird and Oak Photography
    Honorable Mention
  • 15"Underwater Scream"
    Caroline Devulder — Caromama
    Honorable Mention
  • 16"A Physiological Third Stage"
    Paige Driscoll — Santa Cruz Birth Photography & Doula Services
    Honorable Mention
  • 17"Birthing Waves"
    Robin Baker — Birth Blessings Photography & Doula Services
    Honorable Mention
  • 18"Liquid Gold"
    CARLEE MELENKO — C Daisy Birth and Lifestyle Photography
    Honorable Mention
  • 19"Mother Hat"
    Lela Beltrão — Lela Beltrão | Coletivo Buriti
    Honorable Mention
  • 20"Labor by Candlelight"
    Ashley Marston — Ashley Marston Photography
    Honorable Mention