Our Programs


The YPA Mentoring Program gives students the opportunity to work with successful photographers to fine-tune their craft, create images for their portfolios, develop business and marketing skills and explore markets for their work. At the same time, the program demonstrates the power of photography to build community, national and international awareness and support for an important environmental or social issue.


YPA Scholarships allow young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams and give back to their communities. To foster social and environmental responsibility in the photographers of tomorrow, scholarship recipients are selected not only for their ability and their need, but also for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work.

Educational Lectures*

The YPA Educational Lectures are aimed at helping young photographers find their bearings in the complex and sometimes-scary photography industry. Taking pictures, and making a living from photography, are two very different things – these lectures will explore those differences.

* These programs are exclusive to YPA21 members.

Photo by Bonnie Rae Mills

© Bonnie Rae Mills (YPA Scholarship)