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The Best in Birth Photography: 23 Award-Winning Birth Pics of 2023

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Every year the IAPBP (International Association of Professional Birth Photographers) holds a worldwide Image of the Year competition to find the best of the best in birth photography. These photos blow us away every time and this year, the winning birth photos of 2023 certainly do not disappoint.

With raw, powerful, emotional and beautiful, these incredibly talented birth photographers have captured labour, delivery, postpartum and hardship and loss.

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

Here are the winning birth photos of 2023.


THE BEST IN BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY 2023

OVERALL WINNERS

OVERALL BIRTH DETAILS

Waking up at Sunrise by Paula Beltão, Studio Paula Beltrao, Brazil

birth photography 2023 - overall winner
Source: IAPBP

OVERALL DELIVERY 

Life Beneath the Surface by Mary Beliz, United States

delivery winner birth photography 2023
Source: IAPBP

OVERALL LABOUR

Safe Space by Jessica Innemee, VI-Photography, Netherlands

mum central
Source: IAPBP

 

OVERALL POSTPARTUM 

The Lovers After by Portland Birth Photographer: Natalie Broders, United States

birth photography winner 2023
Source: IAPBP

OVERALL HARDSHIP AND LOSS

Noah’s Ark by Ebony Allen-Ankins, from Ebony Allen-Ankins Photography, Australia

Birth photography 2023 winner - hardship and loss
Source: AIPBP

BIRTH DETAIL WINNERS

BLACK AND WHITE

In The Eye by Sara Johnson, from Sara Hunter Photo, United States

Birth photography 2023 - labour winner
Source: IAPBP

DOCUMENTARY AND MEMBER’S CHOICE

Waking up at Sunrise by Paula Beltão, Studio Paula Beltrao, Brazil

birth photography 2023 - overall winner
Source: IAPBP

FINE ART

Crossing the Veil by Annemarie Fuckel, Annemarie Lea – Geburtsfotografie Frankfurt, Germany

best in birth photography - award winner birth pics 2023
Source: IAPBP

 


DELIVERY WINNERS

BLACK AND WHITE

The Expected Meeting by Karoline Saadi Fotografia, Brazil

mum central
Source: IAPBP

DOCUMENTARY

Hello, I Have Arrived by Jessica Miles Photography, United States

mum central
Source: IAPBP

FINE ART

Brace For Birth by Laura Brink at Rewild Her, Australia

best in birth photography
Source: IAPBP

MEMBER’S CHOICE 

First Touch by Settia Tin, Hello Baby geboortefotografie, Netherlands

mum central
Source: IAPBP

LABOUR WINNERS

BLACK AND WHITE

The Loyal Birth Attendant by Laura Brink at Rewild Her, Australia

Birth photography winners 2023 - labour
Source: IAPBP

DOCUMENTARY

Drowning In Exhaustion by Laura Brink at Rewild Her, Australia

Birth photography winners 2023
Source: IAPBP

FINE ART

Safe Space by Jessica Innemee, VI-Photography, Netherlands

mum central
Source: IAPBP

MEMBER’S CHOICE

I Call Down My Power by Nicole Hamic, United States

birth winners 2023
Source: IAPBP

POSTPARTUM WINNERS

BLACK AND WHITE 

Peaceful arrival by Annemarie Fuckel, Annemarie Lea – Geburtsfotografie Frankfurt, Germany

best in birth photography 2023
Source: IAPBP

DOCUMENTARY

Bed 32 by Dania Lauren, Lauren + Douglas, Australia

mum central
Source: IAPBP

FINE ART 

The Sovereign Family Tree by Laura Brink at Rewild Her, Australia

mum central
Source: IAPBP

MEMBER’S CHOICE 

The Lovers After by Portland Birth Photographer: Natalie Broders, United States

birth photography winner 2023
Source: IAPBP

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Still by Michelle Dunn, Michelle Glenn Photography and Birth Services, United States

birth photography 2023 - hardship and loss
Source: IAPBP

Tiny But Mighty by Alexandria Mooney Photography, United States

Best in birth photography 2023
Source: IAPBP

Beautiful, Beautiful Boy by Tiarra Doherty, Mother Wolf Birth Photography, United States

mum central
Source: IAPBP

Bloodline by Alannah Finn, Birth Body Photography, United States

Honourable mention birth photography 2023
Source: IAPBP

Congrats to all the winners and thanks to the IABP for letting us share the stunning images.

Liz Cook and Lacey Barratt, directors of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IABPB), said:

“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 also thrilled to continue offering a new, impactful and powerful subcategory titled Hardship & Loss. We desire to honor the 1 in 4 birthing persons who experience miscarriage and/or loss and inviting images of these events into our celebration of birth photography is one way we can do this. We are proud to present to you a breathtaking body of work that shares life’s most powerful moments from 2022.”

You can see the full image gallery here. 

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

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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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