2009 Awards Ceremony & Benefit Auction

YPA Award Winners, 2009. L-R: Bonnie Rae Mills, Shannon Soule, Julianne Jamora, Khrystyna Chekhlata, Nicole Nolan and YPA Co-Founder Jerry Tavin. Image © Dexter Lane.
YPA Award Winners, 2009. L-R: Bonnie Rae Mills, Shannon Soule, Julianne Jamora, Khrystyna Chekhlata, Nicole Nolan and YPA Co-Founder Jerry Tavin. Image © Dexter Lane.

YPA celebrated our first ever awards ceremony in style on October 13, 2009 in New York City. More than 150 people, including heads of stock agencies and industry organizations, renowned photographers, and other significant players in the world of photography, witnessed the honoring of five promising students of photography.

See a gallery of images from the event by Dexter Lane.


Awards were kindly presented by masters of photography Mark Seliger, Mary Ellen Mark and Fred Conrad along with industry leaders Mark Randall from WorldStudio and Lauren Wendle, VP/Publisher PDN.

The silent auction of over 100 original signed prints culminated in an excited flurry of bidding towards the end of the evening, helping to raise additional funds for YPA’s programs. Prints were generously donated by esteemed photographers from around the world, including Jim Brandenburg, Jill Enfield, Henry Horenstein, Stephen Mallon, Arthur Meyerson, Martin Parr, Joyce Tenneson, Pete Turner, Diego Uchitel and many others.

The Young Photographers Alliance gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its partners, sponsors and supporters. The 2009 YPA Awards were given through the WorldStudio AIGA Scholarship Program, with additional support from the WorldStudio AIGA Scholarship Program and Alamy.