Best birth photos of 2019 revealed

Birth mark photo

Be still our beating hearts, we’ve just laid eyes on this year’s International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image Competition winners and we’re speechless. And even more amazing? An Australian birth photographer has taken out top honours.

The annual IAPBP competition celebrates the beauty of birth and the immense skill of birth photographers by selecting winners in four categories: labour, delivery, postpartum and birth details. The images bring back a flood of memories for those of us who have been fortunate enough to give birth. Those moments during labour when we’re completely within ourselves. The moment we lay eyes on the baby we’ve waited so long for. The heart-swelling first meeting between siblings. It’s all laid bare and superbly captured by the world’s best birth photographers.

Here are the winners of the 2019 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Image Competition, including the first place winner, Belle Verdiglione from Perth.

First Place Winner: Our rainbow baby is finally here

Rainbow baby birth photo

via Belle Verdiglione — Belle Verdiglione Photography

Best In Category Birth Details: Enveloped

First kisses birth photo

via Samantha Evans — Sevan Photography

Best In Category Delivery: Many hands

Birth Photographers Birth Photo Contest Deliver

via Ashley Marston — Ashley Marston Photography

Best In Category Fresh 48: This is us

Post birth photo
via Kimberly Kimble — Rushes & Waves

Best In Category Labor: Water birth at sunset

Waterbirth at sunset photo
via Dora Barens — Dora Barens Geboortefotografie

Best In Category Postpartum: The most glorious cleansing of all

Postpartum shower birth photography winner

via Jerusha Sutton — Jerusha Sutton Photography

Members’ Choice Best In Category Delivery: ‘They said it couldn’t be done – VBAC mama’

VBAC birth photo competition winner

via Brittany Fisher — Micah Lynn Birth Stories

Honourable Mentions

Little Koala

Curled up after birth photo

via Dania Watson — Lauren + Douglas

Nuchal Hand and Cord Baby Born into Dad’s Hands

Cord around neck birth photo

via Belle Verdiglione — Belle Verdiglione Photography

Wake Up

Waking up after birth photo

via Sarah Romero — Sarah Elizabeth Photography

The Final Separation

Cord burning birth photio

via Lawren Snapka — Lawren Rose Photography

With Woman

Waterbirth photo

via Amanda Ditzel — Raleigh Birth Photography

Sweet Brother’s Meeting

Meeting siblings birth photo

via Barbara Avis – Barbara Avis Photography

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

After csection birth photo

via Deborah Elenter — NEO Photography

A Father Is Born

A father is born birth photo

via Heather Nerheim — Wildheart Photography

Birth Leaves A Mark On Us All

Birth mark photo

via Sarah Widnyana — Life & Lens Photography

Needing Space

Needing space during birth photo
via Shea Long — Coastal Lifestyles Photography

The Emotions Of A Big Brother To Be

Brother waiting for birth photo

via Bree Garcia — J&B Photography LLC

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