The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers has announced the winners of their 2017 contest, and the photos they chose show the struggles mothers go through to bring new life into the world, and the sheer joy that follows.


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We took your breath away with last year's contest, and these new photos will leave you even more amazed. Each one tells a story of pain, perseverance, and finally, relief. They document a baby's first moments of life, and a family's first moments of unity.

Many of the photos below are intense and graphic, so reader discretion is advised. They are all, however, powerful in their own unique ways.

More info: IAPBB

#1 I've Been Waiting For You

I've Been Waiting For You

Vanessa Mendez Birth Photography Report

Lasse 4 months ago

Her expression, the... grip?, the composition, the colors, the feeling of action... Incredible!

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#2 Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me

Best In Category: Birth Details, Pieces Of Me

Kourtnie Scholz Report

Lasse 4 months ago

Absolutely love this, the sensation of connection is just fantastic. The skin tones are amazing, as well as the baby's (probably pretty random at this stage) look straight at mommy's face.

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#4 That First Gaze

That First Gaze

Peanuts and Parents Report

mother 4 months ago

Newborn has an eyes of an older soul...

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#5 Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always

Skin To Skin Today. Heart To Heart Always

Catherine Brown Birth & Lifestyle Photography Report

Totally Magical Unicorn 4 months ago

Jesus. What's our society coming to?! That kid's WAY too young to be a parent.

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#6 Falling In Love All Over Again

Falling In Love All Over Again

KEDocumentary Report

Lasse 4 months ago

All the hugs and all the skin and the rosy cheeks... This brings tears in my eyes (like, admittedly, most of the photos here).

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#7 Are You My Mama?

Are You My Mama?

Jennifer Mason Photography Report

Caitlyn McCracken 4 months ago

Kind of looks like a baby seal ! But super adorable.

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#9 Freshly Squeezed

Freshly Squeezed

Apple Blossom Families Report

Intensive Panda 4 months ago

I instantly regret ignoring the warning

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