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2023  Industry Awards

Photographic Competition

We're celebrating the skills of the professional school photographers from across the nation, with finalists and grand champions in 25 different categories.

President's Award of Excellence

This award goes to the SPOA member who sets their own agenda aside to help fellow photography companies. This is for the person you think embodies servant leadership.

Yearbook Awards

Amazing yearbooks come from hard work, dedication, school, student and parent involvement, administrative support, great company representatives and trainers, school tradition, outstanding company support and overall teamwork. SPOA looks to recognize the best of the best books and teams.

Chairman's Award of Innovation

School photography has over a century of history, and we know a lot has changed in that time. Who was the first to invent a certain camera technique, a genius marketing strategy, or a new software innovation? We want to celebrate these pioneers, whether they are someone who lived and trailblazed a hundred years ago or someone still changing the field today.

Rising Stars

This award is intended for an up-and-coming professional, age 30 or younger, who you can tell is already going places. They have demonstrated strong leadership qualities, special creativity or ability, and evidence of a promising future in this field of work.

Hall of Fame

School photography has been a great tradition in US schools for over 100 years. Through its annual Hall of Fame, SPOA will be honoring artists, inventors, and other visionaries who have been instrumental in advancing this tradition.

Celebrate the best of our industry with us!

SPOA Industry Awards Banquet
6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13th, 2023
Hyatt Regency Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina

There are so many people and achievements in our field which deserve celebration: from photographers to software designers, from yearbook reps to marketing geniuses, from veteran leaders to promising young talent. Help us recognize all these and more by submitting an entry or nomination for any of the awards below. We hope you'll join us in person on the last night of our annual conference for an elegant awards show and dinner, when the winners will be announced:

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