YPA Announces 2016 Mentoring Program Theme: American Landscapes

YPA Announces 2016 Mentoring Program Theme: American Landscapes

Teams Will Convene in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles

Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), a 501(c)3 educational foundation dedicated to developing the talent of young photographers, announces the launch of its annual mentoring initiative. The program pairs talented college students and recent graduates (open to those in age range 18-29) with leading photographers to collaborate on a photo essay around a compelling social theme. The Mentoring Program has been continued thanks to the on-going efforts of ASMP’s NY Chapter, who helped reignite the program and bring in talented Mentors. This year’s theme is American Landscape.”

What does it mean to be American? Is America Great? What are people/communities and young people doing to affect real change in our country?

2016 is a pivotal year. “With the coming elections, there is increased debate on issues that are important to young people,” explained Lindsey Nicholson, mentoring program director, “particularly young artists who are just beginning to explore a personal visual vocabulary to create imagery that could affect change. This year’s theme is wide open for interpretation. It’s a chance for participants to dig deep and tell a story through political issues that affect them most, whether these are climate change and the environment, polarized political processes, gun control, militarized police force, economic or gender equality.”

American Landscape refers to the current state of things, as well as the future we hope to create.

With ongoing support of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)–the leading trade association for commercial photographers–and the ASMP Foundation, the YPA mentoring program challenges each student to identify and photograph a subject based on the theme and produce a series of images and short essay. The subject can be explored from a variety of vantage points: portraiture, photojournalism, landscape or architectural photography.

Each student is encouraged to find his or her own unique perspective and interpretation. 2016 teams in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles will be challenged to push the boundaries of how photography can shed light on a subject in new and innovative ways. Mentors include:

Robert Herman (New York)
Michael Weschler (New York)
Jim Scherer (Boston)
Will Figg (Philadelphia)
David Zentz (Los Angeles)
Slav Zatoka (Los Angeles)

A full list of mentors will be announced soon. The resulting work will be nationally promoted and featured in one or more exhibitions.

Over 300 students and recent graduates representing over 100 colleges and universities; mentored by 126 established professional photographers, editors and creative directors have participated since the launch of this YPA program in 2010, with creative results published and exhibited nationally.

Online applications are now closed. For future announcements, please join our mailing list. To volunteer as a mentor or for more information, please contact YPA.

Read about YPA’s previous mentoring programs here.

About YPA

Young Photographers Alliance is a global community where young photographers connect with the inspiration, resources and contacts they need to build successful and sustainable careers as the artists and communicators of the future. The foundation brings together a wealth of industry experience through its board and membership, and offers real-world knowledge, insight, experience, and contacts to help students and other emerging photographers develop their artistic skills and business acumen as photography professionals. Likewise, through its programs, YPA helps established photography professionals connect with the next generation of innovative image-makers. For more information, please visit YPA’s website.

About ASMP and the ASMP Foundation

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is a well-known leader on current issues, regularly representing the industry on legislative matters nationally and internationally, and providing members with state-of-the-art information and education. Over 7,000 strong with 39 chapters throughout the country, members range from students to professionals working in still photography and motion in a variety of specialty areas. ASMP is a community of forward thinking professionals and its members include the world’s foremost visual artists. The ASMP Foundation supports the educational goals of ASMP by awarding grants on an ongoing basis to ASMP Chapters and Specialty Groups. Please visit ASMP’s website for more information.