Birth photos are so powerful and it’s incredible to see the strength and fierce nature of all moms who are working to bring their babies earth side. Being able to capture the power and emotion on a single photo during one of the most intense moments in life is a real skill. And being able to see images of positive births — whether that be a c-section, home birth, water birth, in the hospital or anything in between — it’s such an honor. Birth Becomes Her aims to “make the growing industry of birth photography more accessible to both aspiring photographers and expecting parents” and through them, we get to see some of the most amazing, incredible, and beautiful birth photos.

Founded by Jennifer Mason and Monet Nicole in 2013, Birth Becomes Her holds an annual contest for birth and maternity photographers to showcase the most striking and powerful images from that year. This year’s winners are breathtaking and these photographers — and the mamas who are featured in their work — are absolute power.

Big thanks to Birth Becomes Her for allowing us to share these incredible images. For more information on the contest and to see all entries, visit BirthBecomesHerContest.com.

Click through to see the winners and runners up of the Birth Becomes Her contest.

1. OVERALL WINNER (& Overall People’s Choice Winner)

Marijke Thoen of Marijke Thoen Geboortefotografie – Serving Lochristi, Belgium – “Stunning Siblings First Encounter”