It’s hard to capture the emotions experienced during birth. The anticipation, the exhaustion, the adrenaline, the joy.
Although we remember our babies’ births forever, the exact details and array of emotions are often hard to recall and describe. Well, get ready, because you’re about to experience them all over again.
Welcome to the world’s best birth photography, If you’re ever doubted the sheer power of a photo to take your breath away, to put a lump in your throat and a tear in your eye, these incredible birth images will change your mind.
It’s no wonder more and more mums rely on a birth photographer to document this journey for them. Birth photographers follow you into the delivery room. They snap photos in your most vulnerable moments and bring your birth to life. Forever.
It’s an incredible gift to have. And one that deserves recognition and honour. Which is exactly what the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers strives to do.
Never underestimate the power of an incredible birth photographer
Once a year the best of the best in birth photographers submit their photos to the Birth Photography Image Competition. That’s 1,251 professional photographers from 51 countries. Now come see the judge’s picks for best birth photos.
From first contractions to first cuddles and every moment in between. These empowering birth photos are the winners of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers 2018 Competition.
Birth Photos Competition Winners
Belgium photographer Marijke Thoen took home the Overall winner prize for an incredible water birth shot. And what an unforgettable image, as big sister watches her new sibling slide into the world.
Incredibly enough, Marijke also won the 2016 competition for a photo of the couple’s first baby, who also features in the winning 2018 photo.
Other winners include:
- Labour: Nowhere and Everywhere by rebecca coursey — rebecca coursey, photographer + doula, United States
- Delivery: En Caul Baby Birth by DANIELA JUSTUS — DANIELA JUSTUS FOTOGRAFIA, Brazil
- Postpartum: Flesh of my Flesh by Esther Edith — Esther Edith Photographer & Doula, United States
- Birth Details: Birth of a Brother by DANIELA JUSTUS — DANIELA JUSTUS FOTOGRAFIA, Brazil
Members’ Choice Winners
The IAPBP also has a Member’s Choice category, allowing their 1200+ members have their say on the best of the best in birth photos.
Esther Edith’s Three Becomes Four was the Overall Member’s Choice winner.
Other Member’s Choice winners were:
- Postpartum: Take my Hand, Hold my Heart by Tamara Milldove — Milldove Photography – Maternity, Birth and Newborn, New Zealand
- Birth Details: Bulging Forewaters by Cat Fancote — Capturing Birth, Australia
And here’s some more images from the competition we just loved and wanted to share with you.
More incredible birth photos
This isn’t the first birth photo competition of the year. Check out the winners of the Birth Becomes Her 2018 Birth Photography Competition. You may even recognise a few of the winning birth photos…