Pain and ecstasy: Extraordinary images capture the intensity and emotion of birth - from a newborn's first breaths

Pain and ecstasy: Extraordinary images capture the intensity and emotion of birth – from a newborn’s first breaths

We believe there is POWER in seeing and sharing images of birth,’ the founders explain on their site.’We believe that the birth photography industry will only continue to grow as more and more families realize that there is nothing more valuable than preserving memories from the very best days of your life.’

A panel of judges voted on the submissions, selecting Sadie Wild Photography’s image of an elated mother holding her newborn baby immediately after giving birth as the overall winner. 

The judges also selected winners in each of the contest’s five categories: hospital, out of the hospital, color, black and white, and postpartum. The powerful images include everything from water births to a group of brothers meeting their sibling for the first time. FEMAIL has rounded up a selection of favorites below. 

Celebration of life: 'Birth Becomes Her' has revealed the winners of its 2019 birthing photo contest. This image by Sadie Wild Photography was chosen as the overall winner

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Celebration of life: ‘Birth Becomes Her’ has revealed the winners of its 2019 birthing photo contest. This image by Sadie Wild Photography was chosen as the overall winner

Unforgettable moment: This year's competition received more than 1,200 photos, making it the biggest one to date. Toni Nichole Photos is behind this image, which took home third place overall

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Unforgettable moment: This year’s competition received more than 1,200 photos, making it the biggest one to date. Toni Nichole Photos is behind this image, which took home third place overall

Decision makers: A panel of judges voted on the submissions, which were taken in 2018 by photographers around the world. This heartwarming image by Northern Light Photography

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Decision makers: A panel of judges voted on the submissions, which were taken in 2018 by photographers around the world. This heartwarming image by Northern Light Photography

Selection: The judges selected an overall winner as well as winners in each of the contest's five categories: hospital, out of the hospital, color, black and white, and postpartum. This image by Fox Valley Birth and Baby took home first place in color 

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Selection: The judges selected an overall winner as well as winners in each of the contest’s five categories: hospital, out of the hospital, color, black and white, and postpartum. This image by Fox Valley Birth and Baby took home first place in color

Beautiful: Cat Fancote's image of a mom holding her newborn after a water birth took home first prize in the black and white birthing photo category 

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Beautiful: Cat Fancote’s image of a mom holding her newborn after a water birth took home first prize in the black and white birthing photo category

Big sister: This image submitted by Art by Jessica shows a little girl giving her mom a drink after she gave birth. The heartwarming photo won first place in the postpartum category 

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Big sister: This image submitted by Art by Jessica shows a little girl giving her mom a drink after she gave birth. The heartwarming photo won first place in the postpartum category

Meeting mom: Marijke Thoen's image of a mother gazing down at her newborn won second place in the hospital division

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