Every year, the International Association of Professionals Birth Photographers (IAPBP) hosts its annual Image of The Year competition honoring the best of the best from more than 1,200 member photographers working in 42 different countries. They are photographs that capture the intimacy, raw power and yes, the messiness of labor and delivery.

Here are the winners of the 2017 competition and some of the honorable mentions all of which prove birth is breathtaking in every form. (Click here to see the full list.)

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