24/01/2017 2:21 AM AEDT

Here Are The Best Birth Photos Of 2016

Seriously, WOW.

Jaydene Freund Cradled Creations

Every year, the International Association of Professionals Birth Photographers (IAPBP) hosts its annual “Image of The Year” competition honoring the best of the best from more than 1,200 member photographers working in 42 different countries. They are photographs that capture the intimacy, raw power and yes, the messiness of labor and delivery.

Here are the winners of the 2017 competition ― and some of the honorable mentions ― all of which prove birth is breathtaking in every form. (Click here to see the full list.)

  • 1 Image Of The Year
    Jaydene Freund Cradled Creations
  • 2 Best In Category, Labor
    Katie Mathis Photography
  • 3 Best In Category, Delivery
    Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography
  • 4 Best In Category, Birth Details
    Kourtnie Scholz - KE Documentary
  • 5 Best In Category, Postpartum
    Natasha Hance Birth Unscripted
  • 6 Honorable Mention
    Sarah Boccolucci Photography + Birth Services
    "Dad with brain cancer holding his baby."
  • 7 Honorable Mention
    Snap Life Photography
  • 8 Honorable Mention
    Elise Hurst Photography
  • 9 Honorable Mention
    Rebecca Coursey Photographer + Doula
  • 10 Honorable Mention
    Belle Verdiglione Photography
  • 11 Honorable Mention
    Birth In Focus
  • 12 Honorable Mention
    Tree of Life Doula + Photography
  • 13 Honorable Mention
    Public Kiss Photography
  • 14 Honorable Mention
    KimBerly E Photography
  • 15 Honorable Mention
    Elliana Gilbert Photography
  • 16 Honorable Mention
    Ker-Fox Photography
  • 17 Honorable Mention
    Leilani Rogers Photographer
    "Intended mother catches her baby born via surrogacy."
  • 18 Honorable Mention
    Cat Fancote Capturing Birth
  • 19 Honorable Mention
    Cat Fancote Capturing Birth
Birth Photographer Captures Priceless Moment

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