The photos are a moving reminder of the power of childbirth.
The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) hosts an annual competition to capture the act of bringing life into the world. The 2023 winners and honorable mentions — distributed across eight main categories — showcase striking, deeply personal birth moments across the world. Here are some of the winners. Note: Some may find the images to be graphic, and there is one that depicts stillbirth.