Warning: This post contains images of stillbirth. 

For 12 years the International Association of Birth Photographers has run their annual birth image competition, showcasing the very best in all things birth photography, from labour to postpartum, in a series of incredible birth photos that, every year, take our breath away.

The competition is open to professional birth photographers around the world with over 1,000 photographers from 51 different countries taking part.

The 2022 birth photos entries are perhaps the best we’ve ever seen! There are several categories, including a new category this year – Hardship and Loss, which honours the countless families who lost their infant and brought a new level of power and strength like we have never seen before.

There are also winners in Overall, Birth Details, Labour, Delivery and Postpartum.

Whether you simply like birth photos or are looking for inspiration on your own birth pics when the time comes, these 2022 birth photos winners are sure to hit you in the feels.

Ready to see the winning photos? We certainly are!

Winner: Overall 

2022 birth photos winner overall

“A Touch Of Love”
Bárbara Aviz of Bárbara Aviz Fotografia
Brazil

Winner: Birth details 

2022 birth photos winner birth details

“The Tiniest Feet”
Dania Lauren of Lauren + Douglas
Australia

 


Winner: Postpartum

2022 birth photo winner - postpartum

“Twins First Latch”
Jessica Miles of Jessica Miles Photography
United States

Winner: Hardship and Loss and Member’s Choice: Hardship and Loss 

2022 birth photo winner - loss

“As Long As I Am Here With You My Perfect Little Baby”
Meike Nagorny of Meike Nagorny m.o.m.e.n.t.s
Germany

Winner: Delivery and Member’s Choice Best in Delivery 

2022 birth photo winner delivery

“The First Look”
Ebony Allen-Ankins of Ebony Allen-Ankins Photography
Australia

Winner: Labour

2022 birth photo winner - labour

“Accepting a New Plan”
Sara Avila of SARA AVILA FOTOGRAFIA
Mexico

 


Member’s Choice: Overall

“Blood Of My Blood”
Laura Brink of Rewild Her
Australia

Member’s Choice: Birth Details

“Blood Ties”
Alina Goroaia Vincenti of Fotoemozioni Alina G.Vincenti
Italy

Member’s Choice: Best in Labour

“White Noise”
Netherlands

Member’s Choice: Best in Postpartum

“Crying Dad”
Sara Hunter of Sara Hunter Photo, LLC
United States

Category Birth Photos Winners

In the category section, there are three different winners per section – Black & White, Documentary and Fine Art. We’ve selected just a few of our faves but you can see all the winners at the IAPBP. 

Be sure to also scroll through their honourable mention section – there are so many amazing photos.

Labour: B&W

“Ovarian Cancer Survivor”
Sara Johnson of Sara Hunter Photo LLC
United States


Labour: Fine Art

“Surrender”
Renate van Lith of Renate van Lith Fotografie
Netherlands


Birth Details: Documentary

“Nuchal”
BRITTNEY HOGUE of Brittney Hogue | Birth, Baby, Family

United States


Postpartum: Fine Art

“Swimming Interstellar”
Hayden Trace of Home Again
United States

 


Honourable Mentions

“The Reach”
Natalie Weber of Natalie Zepp Photography

United States


“Touch of Love”
Dora Barens of Dora Barens Geboortefotografie
Netherlands


“Soften Open Release”
Deborah Van Bruchem of Noa Fotografie
Netherlands

“Ready For Devotion”
Sadie Wild of Sadie Wild Photography
United Kingdom

We are in absolute awe of how birth photographers are able to capture so much rawness, realness, emotion without a single word. Congrats to all the winners and thanks to the IABP for letting us share the stunning images.

As Liz Cook, the director of the IAPBP tells Mum Central,

We are incredibly proud of the entrants of this year’s competition because in spite of all we endured in our community in recent years, this contest represents the resistance birth photographers have to overcome unforeseen challenges.

We are proud to present to you a breathtaking body of work that shares life’s most powerful moments from 2021.” 

Check out all entry photos at IAPBP. 

Be sure to check out the winning pics of previous years:

 

Author

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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