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Updated on Feb 13, 2020. Posted on Apr 7, 2017

These Shockingly Beautiful Birth Photos Were Named The Best For 2017

You have got to see these. (Warning: graphic images.)

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers have announced the winners of their 2017 Image of the Year Competition, and they're nothing short of absolutely stunning.

This dramatic moment during a home water birth won Best in Category: Labor.

Katie Mathis Photography / Via katiemathisphoto.com

"Determination" is by Katie Mathis Photography.

This amazing capture of an amniotic sac breaking won Best in Category: Delivery.

Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography / Via elizabethfarnsworthphotography.com

"With a Splash" is by Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography.

This peaceful postbirth shot won Best in Category: Postpartum.

Natasha Hance – Birth Unscripted / Via birthunscripted.com

"Straight From Heaven" is by Natasha Hance of Birth Unscripted.

This stunning photo — featuring a strategically placed placenta — won Best in Category: Birth Details.

Kourtnie Scholz – KEDocumentary / Via kedocumentary.com

"Pieces of Me" is by Kourtnie Scholz of KEDocumentary.

And this unforgettable shot of a mom laboring en route to the hospital (hopefully they got there in time!) was named the first-place winner.

Jaydene Freund – Cradled Creations / Via cradledcreations.com

"Road to Deliverance" is by Jaydene Freund of Cradled Creations.

The contest's honorable mentions are unforgettable too — like this photo of the moment a baby entered the world via a water birth.

Birth In Focus / Via birthinfocus.com

"Before the First Breath" is by Birth in Focus.

Or this one of a mom meeting her baby born via surrogate.

Leilani Rogers Photos By Lei / Via photosbylei.com

"Catching Her Baby, Born Via Surrogacy" by Leilani Rogers.

Look at this staggering shot of a baby being born via cesarean.

Belle Verdiglione Photography / Via belleverdiglionephotography.com.au

"Gentle Caesarean Birth" is by Belle Verdiglione Photography.

This photo of a mom's determination and grit is something special.

Stephanie Entin / Via littleplumphoto.com

"She Believed She Could" is by Little Plum Photography.

This scary shot is of a baby with the umbilical cord wrapped around their face.

Cat Fancote – Capturing Birth / Via birthphotographyperth.com.au

"Entangled In The cord That Ties Us" is by Cat Fancote of Birth Photography Perth.

And this photo captured something very rare — a baby born en caul (still fully inside the amniotic sac).

Kim Eckhardt / Via kimberlyephotographymt.com

"En Caul, Posterior, Nuchal Hand Surprise Babe" is by KimBerly E. Photography.

This mom's joy in meeting her baby is off the charts.

Elise Hurst / Via elisehurstphotography.com

"Joyful Finale" is by Elise Hurst Photography.

This photo captures the perspective of a little girl watching her little sibling enter the world (and probably learning a thing or two about biology in the process).

Albany J Alvarez / Via publickiss.com

"Alondra´s Birth – Future Big Sister" is by Public Kiss Photography.

And this capture frames another little girl meeting her baby sister for the first time.

Rebecca Coursey / Via awonderedlife.com

"A Sister Is Born" is by Rebecca Coursey.

This shot beautifully captures the quiet reflection of a new mom.

Cat Fancote / Via birthphotographyperth.com.au

"Birth of a Mother" is by Cat Fancote of Birth Photography Perth.

Also special? This photo of a mom and her twins.

Snap Life Photography / Via snaplifephotography.com

"Three's Not A Crowd" is by Snap Life Photography.

Wow — this unforgettable shot shows a baby on the verge of entering the world.

Deborah Elenter / Via deborahelenter.com

"Approaching Life" is by Deborah Elenter.

And this lovely shot is a beautiful tribute to the bliss of new motherhood.

Katie Mathis Photography / Via katiemathisphoto.com

"Rapture" is by Katie Mathis Photography.

You can see all of the competition's entries here.

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