The winners of the 2018 Birth Becomes Her photography contest were recently announced and this year, the photos are more stunning than ever. They received around 1,000 submissions this year with more than 20,000 people voting for their People’s Choice winners. Photographers from around the world have been invited to submit their strongest images in the categories, Maternity, Labor, Birth, Fresh, and Breastfeeding photography, to be shared with the world, and reviewed by an amazing panel of judges. The overall winner of the competition was a photograph taken by Marijke Thoen in black and white.

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The images captured labor and birth in homes, hospitals, and birth centers. They documented the pain, glory and miracle of birth.

Overall Winner – Marijke Thoen

“Stunning Siblings First Encounter” in Serving Lochristi, Belguim

Marijke Thoen

Marijke Thoen

Birth First Place – Selena Rollason

“Half Born and Already Reaching for Mama” in Serving Brisbane, AU

Selena Rollason

Selena Rollason

Breastfeeding First Place – Cory Janiak

“Within Reach” in Serving Treasure Coast, FL

Cory Janiak

Cory Janiak

Fresh/Postpartum First Place – Veronika Richardson

“This is VBAC” in Serving Green Bay, WI

Veronika Richardson

Veronika Richardson

Labor First Place – Rebecca Coursey-Rugh

“Nowhere and Everywhere” in Serving Los Angles, CA

Rebecca Coursey-Rugh

Rebecca Coursey-Rugh

Maternity First Place – Jen Conway

“This is what a Goddess Looks Like” in Serving Greenville, SC

Jen Conway

Jen Conway

Birth Second Place – Neely Ker-Fox

“Fist Bump for Mom” in Serving Columbus, GA

Neely Ker-Fox

Neely Ker-Fox

Birth Third Place – Dominique Lamontagne

“Caught in Between Worlds” in Serving Ottawa, Ontario

Dominique Lamontagne

Dominique Lamontagne

Breastfeeding Second Place – Veronika Richardson

“Tranquility” in Serving Green Bay, WI

Veronika Richardson

Veronika Richardson

Breastfeeding Third Place – Christina Benton

“Stir Fry” in Serving Milwaukee, WI

Christina Benton

Christina Benton

Fresh/Postpartum Second Place – Lacey Barratt

“Rebirth” in Serving Melbourne, AU

Lacey Barratt

Lacey Barratt

Fresh/Postpartum Third Place – Kayla Gonzales

“Postpartum Uncensored” in Serving Austin, TX

Kayla Gonzales

Kayla Gonzales

Labor Second Place – Ashley Marston

“Labor by Candlelight” in Serving Vancouver Island, BC

Ashley Marston

Ashley Marston

Labor Third Place – Laura Wando

“Before the Cut” in Serving Kampala, Uganda

Laura Wando

Laura Wando

Maternity Second Place – Melissa Benzel

“Staying Afloat” in Serving Orlando, Florida

Melissa Benzel

Melissa Benzel

Maternity Third Place – Vanessa Mendez

“A Mother’s Love” in Serving San Antonio, TX

Vanessa Mendez

Vanessa Mendez

People’s Choice Category Winner – Breastfeeding – Gabriella Hunt

“A Hush Fell Over The Crowd” in Serving Rochester, New York

Gabriella Hunt

Gabriella Hunt

People’s Choice Category Winner – Birth – Caroline Devulder

“Transition to Earth” in Serving Ghent, Belgium

Caroline Devulder

Caroline Devulder

People’s Choice Category Winner – Fresh/Postpartum – Deborah Elenter

“Success” in Serving Uruguay

Deborah Elenter

Deborah Elenter

People’s Choice Category Winner – Labor – Esther Edith

“Three Souls Labor As One” in Serving Spokane, Washington

Esther Edith

Esther Edith

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