15 Award-Winning Birth Photos That'll Actually Take Your Breath Away

The miracle of birth is talked about, written about and marveled over. But very rarely is it captured in shots so beautiful that your heart skips a beat.

Birth Becomes Her, a website on birth photography, recently announced their winners of the best birth pictures for the year, and the results are more than stunning!

Check out these award-winning shots from some of the best birth photographers on this planet that will more than take your breath away! The winning photos were chosen from more than 950 images by a panel of 16 judges. Pictures were also open to public voting.

1. This perfectly timed B&W capture of siblings seeing each other for the first time. The curiosity of the elder one says volumes!


Source: Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie

This picture was chosen as the winning photo.

2. Beyoncé may have caused a stir with her flowery maternity photo shoot, but this woman is the real mother goddess.


Source: Jen Conway Photography

This one grabbed the first place spot in the category of maternity pics.

3. This labor photo whose beauty and depth words cannot do justice to.


Source: Rebecca Coursey Photography

It earned the top spot in the category of labor.

4. Ever wondered what it looks like when a new life comes into this world? This is it.


Source: Brisbane Birth Photography

This one won the best birth photo.

5. That moment when the mother and the baby lock in a tender embrace.


Source: Fox Valley Birth and Baby

This photo got the top prize in the best postpartum category.

6. This up, close and intimate shot of breast-feeding.


Source: Ebb and Flow Photography

This one came in at the first place in the category of breastfeeding.

7. C-section is no less challenging than labor and this shot of a mother getting prepped for one says it all.


Source: Laura Cate

This picture occupied the third spot in the category of labor.

8. This one that captures two very special moments – the first hug and the first breastfeeding.


Source: Fox Valley Birth and Baby

It came in second in the category of breastfeeding.

9. This moving shot of a pair of parents waiting for their baby to see the light of day.


Source: Esther Edith Photography

It won the people’s choice award for the labor category.

10. This shot of a mother and her baby sharing the first of their many tender glances!


Source: Ker-Fox Photography

This one occupied the second spot in the category of birth.

11. This heartwarming photograph of a mother and child enjoying their meals at the same time.


Source: Christina Benton Photography

This picture bagged the third spot in the category of breastfeeding.

12. This magical underwater maternity shoot pose by a brave and beautiful mother.


Source: Benzel Photography

This picture claimed the second spot in the category of maternity photos.

13. This at-home birth shot captured in the soft, warm glow of a candlelight.


Source: Ashley Marston

It was selected as the second best picture in the labor category.

14. Candid shots show the real deal, and this one of a mother and child living the post-birth life is one that captures the true essence of motherhood.


Source: Lacey Barratt Photography

This was picked as the best in the postpartum category.

15. And this newborn crying for the very first time.


Source: Caroline Devulder

This picture got the first spot in the people’s choice award for the birth category.

The process of a childbirth is a wonderful thing – one that encapsulates the very essence of life in its truest form. We, at MomJunction, salute these photographers for bringing out the beauty of maternity, childbirth and motherhood in all its glory. We also salute the mothers who took the courage to share their experience of the different stages of pregnancy and beyond in the form of stunning photos. Now we can only eagerly wait for the next year’s photos and winners!

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