SPOA recognizes four as Rising Stars at annual conference

Chris Barbarito, center, accepts a Rising Star award at SPOA.

The School Photographers of America (SPOA) recognized four individuals from a variety of companies as Rising Stars at the first International Conference on School Photography & Yearbooks. The awards were presented Friday, June 10, at during the association’s awards banquet and celebration at the Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas.

The four honorees are:

  • Chris Barbarito, Barbarito Photographers
  • McKenna Booth, Cahill Studios
  • Jordan Limerick, PhotoLynx/ImageQuix
  • Bethany Zuk, Upstate Images

The Rising Star Award recognizes up-and-coming professionals, aged 30 or younger, who show a passion for their work and a consistently high level of professional achievement. These persons demonstrate strong leadership qualities, special creativity or abilities, and a promising future in their field.

“As our industry begins its second century of service this year, it’s important for a new generation to take leadership,”  said David Crandall, executive director, SPOA. “These awards recognize just a few of the young executives making a positive difference in the school photography industry.”