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.)

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