Birth is a beautiful, messy, human experience – it’s also incredibly private and individual.
It’s rare to get a real insight into what happens when a new life is brought into the world, but a series of stunning photographs has perfectly captured the unfiltered realities of going through labour.
The winners of the 2020 Birth Photography Image Competition have been announced – and the results are stunning.
From water births to home births, from new mothers breastfeeding to touching support from partners – these images showcase the intimate moments of birth from all over the world.
Entrants from the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Netherlands have picked up the accolades this year for depicting the pain, joy and rare moments of peace that come with brand new parenthood.
The winners were chosen on a point system and judged on technique, lighting, composition, emotional impact, creativity and storytelling.
Here are some of this year’s winning entries: