11 Photos That Show Birth Is Beautiful, No Matter What Method You Choose

03/03/2015 02:07 pm ET | Updated Mar 06, 2015

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers announced today the winners of its annual "Image of the Year Competition." According to the IAPBP website, a panel of judges selected the winners based a point system that measures "technicality, emotionality, and composition." From water births to C-sections, all the contest entries show that despite the different birth plans parents follow, the moment a child comes into the world is beautiful, emotional and indescribable.

  • 1 First Place
    Nichole Hanna Photography
  • 2 Second Place
    Jos Verhoogen
  • 3 Third Place
    Jane McCrae Photography
  • 4 Honorable Mention
    Emily Robinson Photography
  • 5 Honorable Mention
    Ashley Marston Photography
  • 6 Honorable Mention
    Além D’Olhar fotografia – Vívian Scaggiante

To see some of the other stunning contest entries, keep scrolling and check out the International Association of Birth Photographers website.

  • 1
    Lindsay Foster Photography
  • 2
    Belle Verdiglione Photography
  • 3
    Santa Cruz Birth Photography
  • 4
    First Light Birth Photography
  • 5
    Kendra Miller Photography

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