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Updated on Mar 30, 2020. Posted on Feb 12, 2020

17 Stunning Birth Photos That Were Just Named The Best Of 2019

Photos from the room where it happens. (Warning: graphic images.)

It's February, which means it's that time of year when the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers announces the winners of its yearly competition, and 2020's honorees are as stunning as ever.

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

Jessica Vink/VI-Photography / Via vi-photography.nl

"A Moment of Silence" is by the Netherlands' Jessica Vink of VI-Photography.

This incredible shot of a mother hard at work to deliver her baby won Best In Category: Birth Details.

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"Warrior" is by the United States' Bree Garcia of J&B Photography, LLC.

This amazing capture of a little boy seeing his sibling enter the world won Best In Category: Delivery.

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“Unmasking the Many Layers of Birth” is by the United States' Alexandria Mooney of Alexandria Mooney Photography.

This image of a little girl adjusting to her new family dynamic won Best In Category: Fresh 48.

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"Denial" is by the United States' Natalie Weber of Natalie Zepp Photography.

This early-morning shot of a woman in labor won Best In Category: Labor.

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“Morning Light Creeps In” is by Canada's Shea Long of Coastal Lifestyles Photography.

And this photo of a mother and child's first moments together after a water birth won Best In Category: Postpartum.

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"Vernix Constellation" is by Australia's Kristy Visscher of Kinship by Kristy.

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

The members selected this emotional photo as their First Place winner.

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“Ring of Fire” is by Katie Torres of Your Story — Professional Birth Services.

This unforgettable shot of a baby still in the amniotic sac won Best In Category: Birth Details.

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“Baby Noah Empelicado" is by Brazil's Jana Brasil of JanaBrasil Fotografia.

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

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"I am a Birthing Goddess" is by the United States' Sophia Costa of The Sophia Co.

And this photo of a mother breastfeeding her new baby was named Members’ Choice Best In Category: Fresh 48.

Martha Lerner / Via zenmamalove.com

“Her Cup Runneth Over...” is by the United States' Martha Lerner of zenmamalove.

(The members made the same selections as the competition judges in the categories of "Best in Postpartum" and "Best in Birth Delivery.")

The contest's honorable mentions are unforgettable, too — like this photo of a baby that appears to be coming before expected.

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"Unplanned, Furious and Free" is by the United States' Bree Garcia of J&B Photography, LLC.

This photo of a family laboring together.

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“In It Together” by the United States' Lori Martinez of Lori Martinez Photography.

And this photo of a baby entering the world breech.

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"Breech" is by the Netherlands' Cindy Willems of Birth Day geboortefotografie.

This amazing capture of a family basking in the glow of a new arrival.

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“Paradise Found” is by the United States' Rebecca Coursey-Rugh of Rebecca Coursey, Los Angeles Birth + Family Photographer.

This dramatic shot of a baby born with the umbilical cord wrapped around their neck.

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"A Dramatic Entrance" by Australia's Dania Watson of Lauren + Douglas.

This glorious shot from above of a mother and her newborn.

Evelien Koote / Via loveandlittle.nl

"Silence" is by the Netherlands' Evelien Koote of Love & Little Birth Photography.

And this wonderful photo of a mother who already has her hands full.

Paulina Splechta / Via paulinasplechta.com

"Reactions" is by the United States' Paulina Splechta of Paulina Splechta Birth Photography and Films.

Want to see more amazing birth photos? Check out all of the competition's 2020 entries.