These Jaw-Dropping Birth Photos Are So Powerful

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The winners of the 2018 photography contest were recently announced and this year, the photos are more stunning than ever. Over 1,000 photos were submitted and an international panel of judges and over 20,000 people voted for the winners. Prepare your ovaries for the winners, below.

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<p>This beautiful moment of two siblings meeting for the first time was awarded with "Overall Winner &amp; People's Choice Winner <em data-redactor-tag="em">—</em><span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span> Overall"</p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.marijkethoen.be/">Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie</a></p>
"Stunning Siblings First Encounter"

This beautiful moment of two siblings meeting for the first time was awarded with "Overall Winner & People's Choice Winner Overall"

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<p>A newborn rests on their mother's abdomen in the moments after birth. First place winner in the "Fresh/Postpartum" category.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.foxvalleybirthandbaby.com/">Fox Valley Birth and Baby</a></p>
"This is VBAC."

A newborn rests on their mother's abdomen in the moments after birth. First place winner in the "Fresh/Postpartum" category.

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<p>This ethereal photo of a mother in labor took first place for the "Labor" category. </p><p><a target="_blank" href="https://www.awonderedlife.com/">A Wondered Life Photography</a><br></p>
"Nowhere and Everywhere"

This ethereal photo of a mother in labor took first place for the "Labor" category.


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<p>This moving photo of a newborn and mother touching took second place for "Birth." <br></p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://kerfox.com/">Ker-Fox Photography</a><br></p>
"Fist Bump for Mom"

This moving photo of a newborn and mother touching took second place for "Birth."


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<p>This serene photo of a mother nursing took second place in "Breastfeeding."</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.foxvalleybirthandbaby.com/">Fox Valley Birth and Baby</a></p>
"Tranquility"

This serene photo of a mother nursing took second place in "Breastfeeding."

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<p>This sweet photo of a waterbirth took second place in "Labor."</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.ashleymarstonbirthphotography.com/">Ashley Marston Photography</a></p>
"Labor by Candlelight"

This sweet photo of a waterbirth took second place in "Labor."

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<p>For a photo taken minutes before surgery, the sense of calm you can feel from the mother is amazing. Third place in "Labor."</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.lauracatephotography.com/" id="yui_3_17_2_1_1518628781910_862">Laura Cate Photography</a></p>
"Before the Cut"

For a photo taken minutes before surgery, the sense of calm you can feel from the mother is amazing. Third place in "Labor."

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<p>The People's Choice Winner in "Birth" shows the stunning first seconds of a newborn's life. </p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.geboortefotograaf-gent.be/" id="yui_3_17_2_1_1518628781910_876">Caroline Devulder</a></p>
"Transition to Earth"

The People's Choice Winner in "Birth" shows the stunning first seconds of a newborn's life.

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<p>This touching photo was the People's Choice Winner for "Labor."</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://estheredith.com/" id="yui_3_17_2_1_1518628781910_823">Esther Edith Photography</a></p>
"Three Souls Labor As One"

This touching photo was the People's Choice Winner for "Labor."

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