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SPOA announces winners for 2023 National School Photographic Competition

School Photographers of America (SPOA) announced the winners of the 2023 National School Photography Competition. The grand champions for each category were announced July 13th in Greenville, S.C., at the International Conference on School Photography and Yearbooks at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom Downtown. The contest spotlights the best in school photography, from traditional classroom portraits and graduation photos to dynamic school sports photography and creative senior portraits.

“There are some seriously talented photographers in our industry that have a heart for kids and a passion for photography," says David Crandall, executive director, SPOA. "The competition has promoted some healthy competition while increasing the level of photographic quality across the country!”

The winners are:

  • Preschool - Fall Portrait - Yohskarla Gutierrez, The Missing Sock Photography

  • Preschool - Graduation - Alissa Harmon, Leonard's Photography

  • Underclass - Fall Portrait - Traditional - Amanda Ponte, Made the Grade Photography

  • Underclass - Fall Portrait - Creative - Allison Giles, Leonard's Photography

  • Underclass - Spring Portrait - Katherine Keeney, Upstate Images

  • Classroom Groups - Traditional - Darcie Saefkow,

  • Classroom Groups - Creative - Timothy Smith, Upstate Images

  • School Staff Groups - Brittney Carbone,

  • School Sports - Individual - Peter Muhly, Leonard's Photography

  • School Sports - Team - Traditional - Chance Foster, Photo Texas Photography

  • School Sports - Team - Creative - Enrico Romano, Photo Texas Photography

  • League Sports - Individual - Alissa Harmon, Leonard's Photography

  • League Sports - Team - Chris DeCamillo, Upstate Images

  • Large Group Panoramic - Martin Veloz III, Larson Brothers Photography

  • Cap & Gown - Jennifer Turrell, Upstate Images

  • Prom/Dance - Alissa Harmon, Leonard's Photography

  • Seniors - Formal Portrait - Jack Upton, Strawbridge Studios

  • Seniors - Casual - Tyler Desjardins, Upstate Images

  • Seniors - Lifestyle/Environmental - Enrico Romano, Photo Texas Photography

  • Seniors - Creative/Open - Alissa Harmon, Leonard's Photography

  • Seniors - Portfolio - Alissa Harmon, Leonard's Photography

  • School Buildings - Peter Muhly, Leonard's Photography

  • Photographer - Creative/Open - Allyson Eames, Leonard's Photography

  • Photographer - Portfolio - Alissa Harmon, Leonard's Photography

The competition used online photography software specific to scoring and running photographic competitions. There were two rounds of judging that included specific scoring on things such as impact, expression, lighting, and composition. Judges spent almost two weeks judging the entries.

About School Photographers of America:

School Photographers of America (SPOA) is the national trade association for school photography and yearbooks. SPOA’s mission is to advocate, educate, promote, protect, and preserve the rich traditions of school photography and yearbooks.

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