YPA Announces 2018 Mentoring Program Theme: Silence

YPA Announces 2018 Mentoring Program Theme: Silence

Teams Will Convene in New York, with Additional Cities to be Announced by March 15, 2018

Silence Theme, image © Stacy Swiderski
Photo © Stacy Swiderski, 2010 YPA Mentoring Program alumna.

Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), a 501(c)3 educational foundation dedicated to developing the talent of young photographers, announces the launch of its annual tuition-free mentoring program 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. This year’s theme is Silence.

YPA’s Mentoring Program continues thanks to the ongoing support and efforts of the American Society of Media Professionals (ASMP) at the National and Chapter levels, whose officers and members are working to reignite the program and recruit talented mentors.

YPA’s founder and president, Jerry Tavin, expressed his delight when Silence was chosen as the 2018 Mentoring Program theme. “In past months, weeks and each day, new controversial issues arise that require special attention to truths as opposed to falsehoods. Silence is either magnificent or not magnificent at all, which makes it a concept that provides so many imaginative and conceptual ideas for our young photographers. I am looking forward to wonderful images from this year’s mentoring program.”

The mentoring project provides students the opportunity to work with successful photographers as mentors, to fine-tune their craft, create portfolio images, develop both business knowledge and marketing skills, and explore markets for their work. At the same time, the program demonstrates the power of photography in documenting and creating support for an important environmental or social issue, while offering emerging photographers national and international exposure.

“We are now taking applications for two teams of five-to-eight mentees who will be partnered with two mentors in New York City, with additional cities to be announced soon,” says Alyssa Meadows, a YPA Mentoring Program alumna and this year’s program manager. YPA’s summer Mentoring Program invites each participating student to explore the program’s theme over a period of six weeks, collaborating with team peers and mentors to produce a series of images with an accompanying short essay.

2018 marks the seventh year of this popular and successful program. Since its launch in 2010, more than 300 students and recent graduates representing 100 colleges and universities have been mentored by 126 established professional photographers, editors and creative directors with creative results published and exhibited nationally.

YPA is largely supported by its major founding sponsor, ASMP, the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers. ASMP is the leader in promoting photographers’ rights, providing education in better business practices, producing business publications for photographers, and helping to connect clients with professional photographers. ASMP, founded in 1944, has nearly 7,000 members and 39 chapters.

Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director, says they are delighted to continue their collaboration with YPA to develop the talents of young photographers. “We recognize the importance of strong mentors in developing one’s photographic vision. In supplying mentors to the YPA program, and opportunities for mentorship through YPA, ASMP is also reinforcing the value of photography as a means to reveal the world’s wonders and the impacts of human activity on our planet. Professional photographers produce work that illuminates, informs, and inspires. We welcome the chance to imbue that spirit together in the next generation.”

A full project brief on this year’s theme, Silence, can be accessed on YPA’s website, along with an online application. The Mentoring Program is offered tuition-free with a one-time application fee of $20.

YPA has also launched a GoFundMe campaign in conjunction with this year’s program to help support the Foundation. A contribution of $250 can help five mentees go through the program, and a donation of $50 can support one mentee’s participation.

About YPA
The Young Photographers Alliance is a non-profit that believes that most “traditional” educational programs cannot adequately address the real world elements of starting a business, self-employment, marketing and building a client network, which are the essentials for success in this marketplace. YPA provides emerging media professionals with access to knowledge, resources and even contacts they need to build sustainable careers. YPA is unique in its focus on community and the fostering of direct, meaningful connections between emerging and established professionals. Our vision is to create powerful synergies between the two groups recognizing that collaboration benefits both, and ultimately energizes and advances the profession as a whole.

About ASMP
YPA’s major founding sponsor, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is the premier trade association for the world’s most respected photographers. ASMP is the leader in promoting photographers’ rights, providing education in better business practices, producing business publications for photographers, and helping to connect clients with professional photographers. ASMP, founded in 1944, has nearly 7,000 members and 39 chapters.