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

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

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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