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

The beauty of birth in all of its glory. (Warning: graphic images.)

Hey folks, it's that time of year when The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers announce the winners of their yearly competition, and wow, 2019's honorees are as stunning as ever.

First, let's start with the powerful photo that was named the competition's First Place Winner.

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"Our Rainbow Baby Is Finally Here" is by Australia's Belle Verdiglione of Belle Verdiglione Photography.

This beautiful shot of a mother's first moments with her baby (who is still covered by the amniotic sac) won Best In Category: Birth Details.

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"Enveloped" is by Canada's Samantha Evans of Sevan Photography.

This incredible group effort to bring a life into the world won Best In Category: Delivery.

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"Many Hands" is by Canada's Ashley Marston of Ashley Marston Photography.

This image of a new family's bliss won Best In Category: Fresh 48.

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"This Is Us" is by the United States' Kimberly Kimble of Rushes & Waves.

This resplendent magic-hour photo of a water birth was named Best In Category: Labor.

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"Water Birth In Sunset" is by Netherlands' Dora Barens of Dora Barens Geboortefotografie.

And this photo of a mom's post-birth private moment won Best In Category: Postpartum.

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"The Most Glorious Cleansing of All" is by Australia's Jerusha Sutton of Jerusha Sutton Photography.

In addition to the amazing photos selected by the competition's judges, the association's members recognized these standouts:

This triumphant photo of a mother delivering vaginally after a C-section was the Members’ Choice Best In Category: Delivery.

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"They Said I Couldn't Do It" is by the United States' Brittany Fisher of Micah Lynn Birth Stories.

This intimate moment of a father showing thanks to his partner won Members’ Choice Best In Category: Labor.

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"My Love, My Hero" is by Netherlands' Cindy Willems — Birth Day geboortefotografie.

And this achingly adorable photo of two brothers meeting their new sibling was named Members’ Choice Best In Category: Postpartum.

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"Peek-a-boo" is by the United States' Heather Sears of Heather Sears Photography.

The contest's honorable mentions are unforgettable too — like this photo of a family's joy upon meeting its newest member.

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"Pure Joy" is by Curacao's Marjolein Loppies of Curacao Nasemento.

This photo of a baby being born into the hands of their father.

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"Nuchal Hand And Cord Baby Born Into Dad's Hands" is by Australia's Belle Verdiglione of Belle Verdiglione Photography.

And this photo of a man savoring his first few moments as a dad.

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"A Father is Born" is by the United States' Heather Nerheim of Wildheart Photography.

This amazing capture of an adorably folded-up newborn.

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"Little Koala" is by Australia's Dania Watson of Lauren + Douglas.

This dramatic shot of a cord burning.

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"The Final Separation" by the United States' Lawren Snapka of Lawren Rose Photography.

This photo of a mama-to-be gaining strength from another.

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"With Women" is by the United States' Amanda Ditzel of Raleigh Birth Photography.

This capture of a new baby exhausted by their journey.

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"Wake Up" is by the United States' Sarah Romero of Sarah Elizabeth Photography.

This photo of emotions running high during an induction done three weeks past the due date.

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"Induction: 43 Weeks" by the United States' Elaine Baca of Lane B Photography.

This moving photo of the marks birth leaves on its participants.

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"Birth Leaves Its Mark on Us All" is by Australia's Sarah Widnyana of Life & Lens Photography.

And this sweet shot of a boy who is more than ready to become a big brother.

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"The Emotions of a Big Brother to Be" is by the United States' Bree Garcia of J&B Photography.

Check out all of the competition's entries.