26 stunning images that perfectly capture the emotions of childbirth

First Place Winner: Jaydene Freund


2017 Annual Birth Photography Competition Winners

(*Warning: contains nudity)

Each year, the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers holds a competition to find the best birth photos from around the world.

“Birth photography is a highly specialised field and the choice to have the experience documented is an intensely personal decision,” the competition organisers explain.

“It involves the birth process, environment, the parents and those in attendance. It encompasses the tears of joy, the wonder of bringing a new life into the world and celebrates family. The photographers who specialise in the field use their art to tell the story of birth.”

To find out more about birth photography, visit the IAPBP website. The organisation was created to help expectant parents who are looking for a professional birth photographer. The IAPBP database can help you find a local pro via their online directory, and has over 1,350 members in 37 countries.


Best in Category Winners

Best In Category (Labour): Katie Mathis


Best In Category (Delivery): Elizabeth Farnsworth


Best In Category (Postpartum): Natasha Hance


Best In Category (Birth Details): Kourtnie Scholz



Honourable Mentions

Honourable Mention: Rebecca Coursey


Honourable Mention: Rebecca Coursey


Honourable Mention: Elise Hurst


Honourable Mention: Sarah Boccolucci


Honourable Mention: Snap Life Photography


Honourable Mention: Belle Verdiglione



Honourable Mention: The He{ART} of Motherhood


Honourable Mention: Elliana Gilbert


Honourable Mention: Birth In Focus


Honourable Mention: Hannah Palamara, Tree of Life Doula Photography


Honourable Mention: Kristie Robin


Honourable Mention: Ker-Fox Photography




Honourable Mention: Leilani Rogers


Honourable Mention: Cat Fancote


Honourable Mention: Cat Fancote


Honourable Mention: KimBerly E. Photography


Honourable Mention: Elliana Gilbert




Honourable Mention: Katie Mathis


Honourable Mention: Public Kiss Photography


Honourable Mention: Stephanie Entin


Honourable Mention: Deborah Elenter