Blood, sweat, and tears. This is birth, in all its crowning glory. These photos celebrate labour, birth and postpartum in a way that leaves us speechless. The energy, the emotion, the incredibly candid shots – wow. Just. Wow.

Birth photography winners 2021

Every year the IAPBP (International Association of Professional Birth Photographers) hosts a worldwide competition to determine the best of the best in birth photos.

There are hundreds of birth photographers, from over 50 countries who enter their amazing birth photos so you can imagine how incredible the winning pics are. And this year certainly didn’t disappoint.

Behold, the birth photography winners of 2021.

Aren’t they something else?

Judges’ Overall Winner – Daddy’s Girls (Canada)

This beautiful picture also won the members’ choice award in the POSTPARTUM category.

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Ashley Marston Photography

Judges’ Delivery Winner – The Greatest Love in the World (Brazil)

This incredible image also won the members’ choice award in the OVERALL Category.

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Anne Lucy

Members’ Choice Delivery Winner – Grace (Germany)

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Judges’ Labour Winner – Reach Down, He’s Almost Here (USA)

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Dana Jacobs Photography

Members’ Choice Labour Winner – Primal Shapes of Birth (Australia)

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Rewild Her

Judges’ Birth Details Winner – The Origin of Life (Germany)

This photo also won the members’ choice BIRTH DETAILS category as well.

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Charlene Foerster Fotografie

Judges’ Postpartum Winner – My Body, My Birth (USA)

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Hannah Hill Photography

Judges’ Fresh 48 [New Baby] Winner – Nourish (USA)

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Touch of Hart Photography

Members’ Choice Fresh 48 Winner – Nursing a Newborn (USA)

Carey Lauren Photos & Film

Honorable Mentions

Choosing the winners would be an almost impossible task which is why the IAPBP also has an honourable mention category to highlight even more birth photos that really stood out and captured the birthing journey so beautifully.

Below are a few of our faves:

Welcome Little Woman (Australia)

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Kennedy Birth Photography

A Dose of Mother Nature (Australia)

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Jessica Henderson Photography

The Miracle of Life In Your Hands (Argentina)

Nora Dalmasso Fotografia

Check out our story on en caul births for more stunning pics like this one.

Underwater (Australia)

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Lauren and Douglas

A Mother’s Guidance (Australia)

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Capturing Birth

The Strength Within You Is Greater Than Any Storm (USA)

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Lisa Phillips Photography

This Moment 2020 (Canada)

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Songbird and Oak Photography

Even more amazing birth photos

Although these photos didn’t win, they are still so powerful that we had to share them as well. There are hundreds of more photos too – you can check them all out on the IAPBP page.

Connection through Disconnection (Australia)

Rather than snipping the cord, many cultures prefer to cauterise the umbilical cord using a candle.

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Kristie Brooke Photography

Sacred Ceremony (USA)

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Little Plum Photo

No rush to arrive (Brazil)

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@Thais Galardi Photography

Scoop You Up (USA)

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Natalie Broders

Shiva (Brazil)

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Lela Beltrao


Previous winning pictures

You can check out the previous winners of the IAPBP Birth Photography Awards below:

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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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