The Seriously Inspiring Winners of the 2018 Birth Photography Competition

Labor is a beautiful thing, and some couples hire birth photographers to document that important day’s most raw, vulnerable moments.

To celebrate this deeply personal experience and the beautiful images that have frozen it in time, The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers holds a photo contest every year. The competition celebrates the best birth photos of the year in four categories: labor, delivery, postpartum, and birth details.

Thousands of breathtaking images were entered (see them all at the bottom of this page), but winners were chosen on a point system and judged on technicality, emotionality, and composition.

Take a look at this year’s winners below:

First Place Winner

098 – Stunning Siblings First Encounter
Marijke Thoen
Marijke Thoen Birthphotography
Belgium

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Best In Category: Labor

002 – Nowhere and Everywhere
Rebecca Coursey-Rugh
rebecca coursey, photographer + doula
United States

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Best In Category: Delivery

201 – En Caul Baby Birth
Daniela Justus
DANIELA JUSTUS FOTOGRAFIA
Brazil

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Best In Category: Postpartum

114 – Flesh of my Flesh
Esther Edith
Esther Edith Photographer & Doula
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners - 114-Postpartum 1- Esther Edith Spokane Birth Photographer (watermarked)

Best In Category: Birth Details

203 – Birth of a Brother
Daniela Justus
DANIELA JUSTUS FOTOGRAFIA
Brazil

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Members Choice Awards
Members Choice Winner

107 – Three Become Four
Esther Edith
Esther Edith Photographer & Doula
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners - 107-Delivery - Esther Edith Spokane Birth Photographer (watermarked)

Members Choice Best In Category: Labor

002 – Nowhere and Everywhere
Rebecca Coursey-Rugh
rebecca coursey, photographer + doula
United States

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Members Choice Best In Category: Delivery

098 – Stunning Siblings First Encounter
Marijke Thoen
Marijke Thoen Birthphotography
Belgium

Birth Photography 2018 Winners - 98-Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie Cisse-2

Members Choice Best In Category: Postpartum

288 – Take my hand, Hold my heart
Tamara Milldove
Milldove Photography – Maternity, Birth and Newborn
New Zealand

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Members Choice Best In Category: Birth Details

160 – Bulging Forewaters
Cat Fancote
Capturing Birth
Australia

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Honorable Mentions

019 – Underwater Scream
Caroline Devulder
Caromama
Belgium

029 – Love Complete
Marjolein Loppies
Curacao Nasemento
Curacao

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036 – Mother Hat
Lela Beltrão
Lela Beltrão | Coletivo Buriti
Brazil

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049 – A Physiological Third Stage
Paige Driscoll
Santa Cruz Birth Photography & Doula Services
United States

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064 – Admiration and Relief
Kandyce Joeline
Songbird and Oak Photography
Canada

Birth Photography 2018 Winners - 64-Baby Cota 179-2

088 – How Big
Megan Brock
Meg Brock Photography
United States

Birth Photography 2018 Winners - 88-John Laury Birthday (226 of 290)

150 – Nurse Liinda
Tammy Karin
Little Leapling Photography
United States

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193 – Liquid Gold
CARLEE MELENKO
C Daisy Birth and Lifestyle Photography
Canada

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233 – Labor by Candlelight
Ashley Marston
Ashley Marston Photography
Canada

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267 – Touch
Krista Evans
Krista Evans Photography Inc
Canada

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293 – Fist Bump for Mom
Neely Ker-Fox
Ker-Fox Photography
United States

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311 – Birthing Waves
Robin Baker
Birth Blessings Photography & Doula Services
United States

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Where to See More

2018 Image Competition: http://birthphotographyimagecompetition.com/
International Association of Professional Birth Photographers: http://birthphotographers.com/

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