27 Stunning Birth Photos That Won The 2020 Birth Photography Competition

The miracle of birth is a powerful yet shocking event. What we see on TV and in the movies is a sanitized version of reality which is both beautiful and emotionally raw.

The winners of the 2020 International Birth Photography Image Competition have been announced and we bring you the most powerful photos that show just how strong moms are. Be warned, dear Readers, the images below are NSFW, very graphic, and should be viewed at your own discretion.

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If you’d like to view some more emotional photos from the competition in previous years, have a look through Bored Panda’s earlier articles here, here, and here.

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#1 Best In Birth Details: “Baby Noah Empelicado”, Jana Brasil

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#2 Honorable Mention: “In Between”, Daniela Justus

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#3 Honorable Mention: “Reactions”, Paulina Splechta

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The annual competition by the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IABPB) celebrates the beauty of birth and the skill of birth photographers around the globe in 5 categories: labor, delivery, postpartum, birth details, and fresh 48. The largest birth association worldwide encompasses over 1.1k members in 52 countries.

The association’s annual photo competition recognizes its members and their best work on an international platform. The competition has grown in scope each year. Highly anticipated, the results quickly go viral each year when the winners are announced. Images are judged on a variety of criteria and the first place winner will be featured throughout the year.

Birth photography is a highly specialized field and the choice to have the experience documented is an intensely personal decision. It involves the birth process, environment, the parents, and those in attendance. According to the IABPB, birth photography encompasses the tears of joy, the wonder of bringing a new life into the world and celebrates family. The photographers who specialize in the field use their art to tell the story of birth.

#4 Best In Fresh 48: “Denial”, Natalie Weber

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#5 Members’ Choice First Place: “Ring Of Fire”, Katie Torres

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#6 First Place: “A Moment Of Silence”, Jessica Vink

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In a previous interview with Bored Panda, one of the finalists of the 2018 IBPIC, Tammy Karin of Little Leapling Photography, said that the competition is very important in how it affects photography as an art form.

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“This annual contest is a huge part of not just bringing awareness to a genre of photography. It plays a major role in this growing movement toward empowering women, improving our birth options, as well as inspiring us to dig deeper and fight for the types of births that are safest and best suited for our families and us,” Karin told Bored Panda. ­

#7 Honorable Mention: “Overflowing Love”, Barbara Aviz

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#8 Honorable Mention: “Paradise Found”, Rebecca Coursey-Rugh

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#9 Honorable Mention: “On The Day You Were Born”, Sarah Maverick

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“Labor is an incredibly difficult genre and most of us photographers get burned out from all of the on-call time. Few realize the level of commitment needed to not just show up at the right time, but to insert ourselves into the typically intimate environment without having any negative impact on the mother’s progress. It’s not just about standing in the right place at the right time; we must truly understand and respect the birth process,” she explained the complexity of the task.

According to Karin, honest photos depicting childbirth are still considered taboo, even though the genre is growing. “I know most people in our culture are still not comfortable with it. But birth photographers are not just going for shock and awe when they share detailed images of a baby emerging. I’d love to join that push for normalizing the sharing of those kinds of powerful captures. In general, our culture tends to sexualize everything and inject fear into the birth process.”

#10 Honorable Mention: “In It Together”, Lori Martinez

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#11 Honorable Mention: “Silence”, Evelien Koote

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#12 Honorable Mention: “Unplanned, Furious And Free”, Bree Garcia

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#13 Best In Fresh 48: “Her Cup Runneth Over…”, Martha Lerner

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#14 Honorable Mention: “Holding Two Sons”, Lindsey Ellis

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#15 Honorable Mention: “Fresh”, Brittney Hogue

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#16 Best In Labor: “Morning Light Creeps In”, Shea Long

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#17 Honorable Mention: “We’ve Got You Baby!”, Belle Verdiglione

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#18 Best In Labor: “I Am A Birthing Goddess”, Sophia Costa

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#19 Honorable Mention: “Milagre Da Vida”, Jana Brasil

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#20 Best In Delivery: “Unmasking The Many Layers Of Birth”, Alexandria Mooney

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#21 Best In Postpartum: “Vernix Constellation”, Kristy Visscher

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#22 Honorable Mention: “A Dramatic Entrance”, Dania Watson

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#23 Honorable Mention: “Dance With Me On Your Long Walk”, Kate Carlton

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#24 Honorable Mention: “Breech”, Cindy Willems

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#25 Best In Birth Details: “Warrior”, Bree Garcia

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#26 Honorable Mention: “Colostrum Drunk”, Shea Long

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#27 Honorable Mention: “She Watches Them”, Ashley Marston

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