Giving birth is an incredibly beautiful part of life that needs to be talked about and celebrated more. Birth photography awards Birth Becomes Her 2018 encourages everyone to do just that by honoring the most stunning pictures of mothers going through this one-of-a-kind experience.

The photo contest received over 1,000 submissions from all over the world that competed in 5 categories: Maternity, Labor, Birth, Fresh, and Breastfeeding. The best photos were chosen by an international jury, while the admirers of the impressive kind of photography could voice their opinion by voting for their favorites too and deciding who will take the People's Choice prizes.

Scroll down to see the beautiful photos that have won and see what impressed the audiences in the last photography contest here and here.

Source:  Birth Becomes Her (h/t design you trust)

#1

Overall Winner. Marijke Thoen Of Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie – Serving Lochristi, Belgium – “Stunning Siblings First Encounter”

Overall Winner. Marijke Thoen Of Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie – Serving Lochristi, Belgium – “Stunning Siblings First Encounter”

Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie Report

Jan Cowan
Community Member
3 years ago

Why is the water so clear? We all know the ‘stuff’ that happens during birth/afterbirth.

Catherine Griffin
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks like the babe was literally JUST born, so the whoooosh of matter had not yet been visible. I'll bet 2 seconds later, the water wasn't so clear.

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Jose Baeyens
Community Member
3 years ago

1. Because there's a serious filtering system on these things. They're not "just tubs". 2. The bath is raised so the doctors and nurses don't need to be on their knees to assist. It's almost 30 years ago that my youngest niece was born this way.

Pia Dorer
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow unbelievable and so incredibly beautiful. This was my dream for my eldest daughter to watch he siblings be born underwater but for various reasons she did not make it to see them born (one birth too late at night and she fell asleep and the other too fast lol). Thank you for sharing..almost makes me want to do it all again....I'm breathless seeing this beauty!

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
3 years ago

I can't say this was seconds after birth as no one is born sitting up. but I have to say as a adult. I am glad I did not see my mother go through this. However I am all for the fathers being in the room. I think they NEED to know it is not just a simple thing.

Gulbano Nazir
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing pic wow

Mac Hayes
Community Member
3 years ago

I beg to differ with the claim that "Birth is an incredibly beautiful part of life" - it is painful, and sometimes very ugly. The only people who call it "beautiful" are simply unfamiliar with, or maybe too embarrassed to use, the words that are most descriptive of what they are seeing.

Windkissed
Community Member
3 years ago

You are apparently only viewing it in a very simplistic, perhaps tainted manner. What one may see when they look at the mothers face of perceived pain and agony, I see the power and strength only a mother can know. What one may see as gross afterbirth, I see as a miraculous system that supported life. What one may see as ugly, I see as the realness of life creating life....which to me is beautiful. I am a mother of two, through natural birthing using the Bradley Method.

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jevais
Community Member
3 years ago

So shocking to have their little girl participating to this birth. Why would parents but their small child through this? Childrend should keep their innocent as long as possible.

Okido
Community Member
3 years ago

She doesn’t seem very upset, more curious and interested.

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Tina Cooper
Community Member
3 years ago

What beautiful moment.

Janel Holbrook
Community Member
3 years ago

Just. Beautiful . 😍

Roland Lauridsen
Community Member
3 years ago

#wow

Stacy Long
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful

Sill Marien
Community Member
3 years ago

why is the other child naked? Well almost. But WHY

Aga Zając
Community Member
3 years ago

Seems like she's been with her mother in the water just minutes before, maybe that is why?

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Liza Janda
Community Member
3 years ago

extraordinary...beautiful

BitterSweetWisdom
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't get why you'd allow your child to see this at a young age

Jo Ehly
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, why wouldn't you, it's life.

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Matthew Hyder
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh. 0///0 This is kind of awkward. ^^; Idk, maybe it's because I'm from Texas and raised in a Christian family, though personally I'm Atheist... I was never allow to see anyone give birth when I was little and I never had any kids of my own and stuff. :(

Windkissed
Community Member
3 years ago

Times are constantly changing.

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Ana Sambol
Community Member
3 years ago

Most disguisting photos Ever taken.

Sandy Walsh
Community Member
3 years ago

Viewing this intimate family event feels voyeristic!

Marie Oriol-Lavalle
Community Member
3 years ago

This family is forward-thinking, open-minded foreigners—not prudish, uptight, and self-righteous Americans.

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Greg Merc
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3 years ago

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u people are sick

Little Menace
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3 years ago

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Sorry for being the miserable party pooper but the very first thing I looked at when I saw the picture was the light in the newborn's eye. The first thing I thought was: "Bastards want the picture so badly, they don't care shining a very bright light into a just born human being.." Then I saw his feet with socks and Birkenstock and added "pretentious [probably German. I know because I am one] toffs".

sJm
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3 years ago

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Wow. I don't think a small child should see her mothers snatch up close like that. Especially while a human is pushing its way out of it. Grotesque.

Sabine Weyermann
Community Member
3 years ago

That’s life and this kid probably understand it better than you. Get over it.

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Arclight
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3 years ago

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...too bad libetals support laws tha allow this cycle to be interrupted

jevais
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3 years ago

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Why there's their little girl looking on? Find this very shocking.

Sabine Weyermann
Community Member
3 years ago

The most shocking thing is your narrow-minded, self-righteous reaction.

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Wings
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3 years ago

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Don't drown him!

EJ Halle
Community Member
3 years ago

It wouldn't drown the baby. Until it's been taken out of the water, it's like it is in the womb with the amniotic fluid

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#2

Maternity First Place. Jen Conway Of Jen Conway Photography Serving Greenville, Sc – “This Is What A Goddess Looks Like”

Maternity First Place. Jen Conway Of Jen Conway Photography Serving Greenville, Sc – “This Is What A Goddess Looks Like”

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

She seems so calm, strong and confident. I love this picture.

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#3

Birth Third Place. Dominique Lamontagne Of Dominique Lamontagne Photography – Serving Ottawa, Ontario – “Caught In Between Worlds”

Birth Third Place. Dominique Lamontagne Of Dominique Lamontagne Photography – Serving Ottawa, Ontario – “Caught In Between Worlds”

Dominique Lamontagne Photography Report

Elise Mon
Community Member
3 years ago

baby is smiling :)

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#4

Maternity Second Place. Melissa Benzel Of Benzel Photography – Serving Orlando, Florida – “Staying Afloat”

Maternity Second Place. Melissa Benzel Of Benzel Photography – Serving Orlando, Florida – “Staying Afloat”

Benzel Photography Report

PyroarRanger
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful! I love how majestic she looks, so beautiful. Amazing.

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#5

Birth Second Place. Neely Ker-Fox Of Ker-Fox Photography – Serving Columbus, Ga – “Fist Bump For Mom”

Birth Second Place. Neely Ker-Fox Of Ker-Fox Photography – Serving Columbus, Ga – “Fist Bump For Mom”

Ker-Fox Photography Report

Laura Zaini
Community Member
3 years ago

aawwww

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#6

Birth First Place. Selena Rollason Of Brisbane Birth Photography – Serving Brisbane, Au – “Half Born And Already Reaching For Mama”

Birth First Place. Selena Rollason Of Brisbane Birth Photography – Serving Brisbane, Au – “Half Born And Already Reaching For Mama”

Brisbane Birth Photography Report

Maggie Wang
Community Member
3 years ago

This is so unbelievably beautiful that it breaks my heart

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#7

Breastfeeding Third Place. Christina Benton – Serving Milwaukee, Wi – “Stir Fry”

Breastfeeding Third Place. Christina Benton – Serving Milwaukee, Wi – “Stir Fry”

Christina Benton Report

Sajjad Islam
Community Member
3 years ago

Naturally Beautifull

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#8

Labor First Place. Rebecca Coursey-Rugh Of Rebecca Coursey Photography – Serving Los Angles, Ca – “Nowhere And Everywhere”

Labor First Place. Rebecca Coursey-Rugh Of Rebecca Coursey Photography – Serving Los Angles, Ca – “Nowhere And Everywhere”

Rebecca Coursey Photography Report

PyroarRanger
Community Member
3 years ago

So amazing

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#9

People’s Choice Category Winner – Labor. Esther Edith Of Esther Edith Photography – Serving Spokane, Washington – “Three Souls Labor As One”

People’s Choice Category Winner – Labor. Esther Edith Of Esther Edith Photography – Serving Spokane, Washington – “Three Souls Labor As One”

Esther Edith Photography Report

riley.girl
Community Member
3 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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#10

Maternity Third Place. Vanessa Mendez Of Vanessa Mendez Photography – Serving San Antonio, Tx – “A Mother’s Love”

Maternity Third Place. Vanessa Mendez Of Vanessa Mendez Photography – Serving San Antonio, Tx – “A Mother’s Love”

Vanessa Mendez Photography Report

Miz T
Community Member
3 years ago

I remember holding my gangly little naked babies. *sigh*

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#11

Fresh/postpartum First Place. Veronika Richardson Of Fox Valley Birth And Baby – Serving Green Bay, Wi – “This Is Vbac”

Fresh/postpartum First Place. Veronika Richardson Of Fox Valley Birth And Baby – Serving Green Bay, Wi – “This Is Vbac”

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Christine Piette
Community Member
3 years ago

I love how this shows the body so honestly.

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#12

Labor Second Place. Ashley Marston Of Ashley Marston Photography – Serving Vancouver Island, Bc – “Labor By Candlelight”

Labor Second Place. Ashley Marston Of Ashley Marston Photography – Serving Vancouver Island, Bc – “Labor By Candlelight”

Ashley Marston Photography Report

Sara Blumenstein
Community Member
3 years ago

The Shape of Water.

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#13

Fresh/postpartum Second Place. Lacey Barratt From Lacey Barratt Photography – Serving Melbourne, Au – “Rebirth”

Fresh/postpartum Second Place. Lacey Barratt From Lacey Barratt Photography – Serving Melbourne, Au – “Rebirth”

Lacey Barratt Photography Report

Janel Holbrook
Community Member
3 years ago

All the beauty of " after birth"

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#14

People’s Choice Category Winner – Breastfeeding. Gabriella Hunt Of Gabriella Hunt Photography – Serving Rochester, New York – “A Hush Fell Over The Crowd”

People’s Choice Category Winner – Breastfeeding. Gabriella Hunt Of Gabriella Hunt Photography – Serving Rochester, New York – “A Hush Fell Over The Crowd”

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Pia Dorer
Community Member
3 years ago

Still love these moments with my just turned two year old girl..

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#15

People’s Choice Category Winner – Fresh/postpartum. Deborah Elenter Of Neo Photography – Serving Uruguay – “Success”

People’s Choice Category Winner – Fresh/postpartum. Deborah Elenter Of Neo Photography – Serving Uruguay – “Success”

NEO Photography Report

MEB
Community Member
3 years ago

If someone took a picture of me right now, it could be titled "The Ugly Cry", in the category "Hormonal Mess". PS : Going for my first ultrasound this afternoon. Wish me luck!

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#16

Breastfeeding First Place. Cory Janiak By Ebb And Flow Photography – Serving Treasure Coast, Fl – “Within Reach”

Breastfeeding First Place. Cory Janiak By Ebb And Flow Photography – Serving Treasure Coast, Fl – “Within Reach”

Ebb and Flow Photography Report

Uma Maheswar Nakka
Community Member
3 years ago

VERY BEAUTIFUL

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#17

Breastfeeding Second Place. Veronika Richardson Of Fox Valley Birth And Baby – Serving Green Bay, Wi – “Tranquility”

Breastfeeding Second Place. Veronika Richardson Of Fox Valley Birth And Baby – Serving Green Bay, Wi – “Tranquility”

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Lisa Sharp
Community Member
3 years ago

They've found that if you wait to cut the cord for approximately 5 mins or so the cord empties all the nutrient rich and stem cell blood into the baby. Looks like that's what they're doing.

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#18

Labor Third Place. Laura Wando Of Laura Cate Photography – Serving Kampala, Uganda – “Before The Cut”

Labor Third Place. Laura Wando Of Laura Cate Photography – Serving Kampala, Uganda – “Before The Cut”

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Uma Maheswar Nakka
Community Member
3 years ago

VERY BEAUTIFUL

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