2013 Mentoring Program

Theme: Escape

“I believe one has to escape oneself to discover oneself.” –Rabih Alameddine, I, The Divine: A Novel in First Chapters

2013 Mentoring Program Teams

Project Brief to the Students

How does one capture the essence of the word Escape? By its very nature it cannot be grasped or tamed, confined or controlled. Escape is the flower that grows from the crack in the concrete. It is the choice between having a drink or taking a walk. Escape is freedom from reality, but it is also reality unrestrained. Escape is a paradox. Escape is inevitable. Young Photographers Alliance invites the next generation of photographers to explore the theme Escape, and produce a series of images. Each photographer will be asked to write a 300 word photo essay around three of their most powerful images. The theme can be explored from any vantage point; portraiture, photojournalism, landscape or architectural photography. Each participant is encouraged to find his or her own unique perspective and interpretation, to push the boundaries of how photography can shed light on a subject in new and innovative ways.

“It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time… for we are bound by that, but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.” –TS Elliot

About the Mentoring Program

Escape is the 2013 theme for the annual Young Photographers Alliance mentoring program, which provides encouragement and assistance to young photographers entering the photography field. This project will allow students to communicate, document and inspire through the power of photography. Talented college students and recent graduates will partner with leading photographers and industry professionals who participate as mentors to collaborate on a photo essay around a compelling social theme. The program gives emerging photographers the ability to work with successful professional’s to fine tune their craft, create images for their portfolios, develop business skills and explore markets for their work. At the same time they experience the power of photography to build community awareness and support around an important social issue.

See Results from the 2013 Mentoring Program

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72 college photography students
36 professional photographer mentors





United States
Anchorage, AK
Columbus, OH
Dallas, TX
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Orlando, FL
Portland, OR
Seattle, WA

United Kingdom