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December 08, 2021

Kickstart Scholarship Winners Announced

Four photographers are the winners of this year’s Kickstart Scholarships. The winners will each receive a complimentary 3-day All-Access Pass to Imaging USA 2022 as well as admission to a free pre-convention class.

Eligibility for the scholarship required applicants to be a full or part-time photographer, an active member of PPA, and have not previously received a Kickstart Scholarship. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! Keep scrolling to learn more about these dynamic photographers.

Ambar Hornback

Hi, my name is Ambar. I'm originally from the Dominican Republic; I now live in Mayo, Florida. Spanish is my native language, but I also speak English. I'm the mom of 3 beautiful boys. My husband is a pastor and a Chaplain in the Army National Guard. I love photography because it has the ability to capture a moment in time: all the emotions, details, etc. Time goes way too fast, and I believe everyone should own beautiful photographs of themselves and their loved ones that memorialize the sweet times they had together.

What are you most excited about at this year's Imaging USA?
I'm excited about the opportunity to learn and get better at my craft. I'm also looking forward to getting to know other photographers and building relationships with them.

Anna Smith

My name is Anna Johnson-Smith, and I am a full-time photographer that juggles being a wife, being a mom to six children, and life in general! I love photographing families and getting to know them throughout a session. It's strange because I used to be incredibly shy as a child, but as I've gotten older, I just can't stop talking.

What are you most excited about at this year's Imaging USA?
We built my photography studio this year, and it will be ready just in time for Christmas mini-sessions. I'm so excited to have this new space to expand my photography career, and Imaging USA will be a wonderful asset to further enhance my career. I cannot wait to learn from the fabulous instructors and network with others. I know Imaging will be a wealth of information, and I can't wait to jump on in!

Deborah Bettencourt

I'm a family photographer in Maryland. This is my second career, and I feel so blessed to have found my place in this field!

What are you most excited about at this year's Imaging USA?
I'm excited to see old friends and feel the energy of live speakers.

Michael Holl

I discovered my passion for photography almost eight years ago when my daughter, an artist in her own right, let me use her camera. Once I realized that I have the talent to create incredible photos, I became passionate about learning the skills to become an expert to capture what I envisioned. After retiring from teaching music, my goals have evolved to develop a thriving and profitable business.

What are you most excited about at this year's Imaging USA?
I am excited to talk to other professionals who are passionate about growing their businesses. I'm also excited about the incredible sessions I'm about to experience!

Join Michael, Deborah, Anna, and Ambar this January in National Harbor. Register today for your All-Access Pass!