The Beauty and Power of Childbirth: Winners of the 2019 Birth Photography of the Year Competition

Photography: Belle Verdiglione Photography

By Hannah Schenker

Is there anything more beautiful or more powerful than a woman giving birth? This transformative rite of passage births both a new child and a new mother at the same time, and is an unforgettable experience. Being able to witness such beauty and power through the sharing of birth photography helps to normalise birth and bodies, and we are so grateful to be sharing the best in the world with you here.

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Image of the Year Competition.

Scroll down to see the winners for 2019 and some of the honourable mentions. Or click here to see the full list.

“I am so thrilled to be able to feature the tremendous talent of our members in the image competition this year,” said Lyndsay Stradtner, founder of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP). “I want to thank each and every IAPBP member who entered this year and, of course, the families who agreed to share their beautiful birth moments with the world.”

This annual competition by IAPBP celebrates the beauty of birth and the skill of birth photographers around the globe in four categories – labor, delivery, birth details and postpartum.

Expect nudity and all the other wondrous facets of giving birth in the following images.


First Place Winner

059 | OUR RAINBOW BABY IS FINALLY HERE
Belle Verdiglione – Belle Verdiglione Photography

Best In Category: Birth Details

029 | ENVELOPED
Samantha Evans – Sevan Photography

Best In Category: Delivery

229 | MANY HANDS
Ashley Marston – Ashley Marston Photography

Best In Category: Fresh 48

186 | THIS IS US
Kimberly Kimble – Rushes & Waves

Best In Category: Labor

243 | WATER BIRTH IN SUNSET
Dora Barens – Dora Barens Geboortefotografie

Best In Category: Postpartum

359 | THE MOST GLORIOUS CLEANSING OF ALL
Jerusha Sutton – Jerusha Sutton Photography

Members’ Choice Best In Category: Delivery

250 | “THEY SAID I COULDN’T DO IT.” – VBAC MAMA
Brittany Fisher – Micah Lynn Birth Stories

Members’ Choice Best In Category: Labor

130 | MY LOVE, MY HERO
Cindy Willems – Birth Day geboortefotografie

Members’ Choice Best In Category: Postpartum

285 | PEEK-A-BOO
Heather Sears – Heather Sears Photography

See next page for more incredible photos…

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