These award-winning birth photos will take your breath away

Birth photography is a highly specialised 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. Birth photography 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.

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IABPB) announced the winners of its 2020 Birth Photography Competition on 6 February. The following images made it to the top in the following categories: Judges’ Awards, Members’ Choice, Honourable Mentions and Director’s Favourite. Warning: they show nudity and some are graphic.

Husband helping wife give birth in bathroom
Warrior – Judges’ Award J&B Photography LLC
Moms leg and baby while giving birth
Unmasking the many layers of birth – Judges’ Award and Members’ Choice Alexandria Mooney Photography
Baby sleeping in cot next to moms bed
Denial – Judges’ Award Natalie Zepp Photography
Mom lying on her bed while morning light creeps in
Morning light creeps in – Judges’ Award Coastal Lifestyles Photography
Baby on mothers lap after being born
Vernix constellation – Judges’ Award Kinship by Kristy
Mother giving birth with husband providing support
Ring of fire – Members’ Choice Your Story – Professional Birth Services
Baby in amniotic sac being born
Baby Noah Empelicado – Members’ Choice JanaBrasil Fotografia
Mother holding baby with breasts spewing milk
Her cup runneth over – Members’ Choice zenmamalove
Mother giving birth in bathtub with support of husband
“I am a birthing goddess” – Members’ Choice The Sophia Co.
Baby in amniotic sac sleeping
In between – Honourable mention Daniela Justus Fotografia
Baby right after being born with umbilical cord
A dramatic entrance – Honourable mention Lauren + Douglas
Sleeping baby in amniotic sac before being born
Milagre da Vida – Honourable mention Janabrasil Fotografia
Baby being born in a bath
We’ve got you baby! – Honourable mention Belle Verdiglione Photography
Breech baby being born in operating room
Breech – Honourable mention Birth Day Geboortefotografie
Mother and father looking at newborn baby
Overflowing love – Honourable mention Bárbara Aviz
Mom squeezing breast for breastmilk
Colostrum drunk – Honourable mention Coastal Lifestyles Photography
Dad holding newborn baby son
Holding two sons – Honourable mention L.E. Ellis Photography
Stomach after birth of child with stretchmarks
Fresh – Honourable mention Brittney Hogue Birth, Baby, Family
Dad feeding baby near window
She watches them – Honourable mention Ashley Marston Photography
Small newborn baby in glass cot
On the day you were born – Honourable mention Sarah Maverick Photography
Husband helping pregnant wife walk to give birth
Dance with me on your long walk – Honourable mention Kate Carlton Photography
Family supporting mom giving birth in bath
In it together – Honourable mention Lori Martinez Photography
Mom with baby in pool after giving birth
Silence – Honourable mention Love & Little Birth Photography
Excited family after birth of newborn baby
Reactions – Honourable mention Paulina Splechta Birth Photography and Films
Dad holding newborn baby with naked mother
Paradise, found – Honourable mention Rebecca Coursey, Los Angeles Birth + Family Photographer
Pregnant lady squatting to give birth
Stretch. Arch. Surrender. – Director’s favourite Cat Fancote – Capturing Birth