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Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor

5 Award-Winning Birth Photos We Can't Stop Looking at (NSFW)

PUBLISHED ON 04/17/2017

Messy but beatiful; raw but emotional, birth is a lesson in contrasts. And it's difficult for a photo to capture that contrast. But the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers is honoring imagery that does exactly that in its 2017 Image Competition.

Just like last year, a panel of judges used a point system and to evaluate technicality, emotionality and composition. While only five photos earned top billing, hundreds were submitted. Take a look at the powerful images below.

First place winner

Best in category: Labor

Best in category: Delivery

Best in category: Postpartum

Best in category: Birth details