Sabrina Baloun is a Winner in PDN’s TASTE Competition

Sabrina Baloun is a Winner in PDN’s TASTE Competition

As part of YPA’s 2016 Mentoring Program, “American Landscapes”, Sabrina Baloun from Team Boston photographed Island Creek Oysters Farmers in Duxbury, Massachusetts for her project. She decided to enter PDN’s annual food photography competition, TASTE, with a series of images from her YPA project.

YPA is thrilled to announce that Sabrina was a winner in the Amateur Travel/Destination category, featuring six images of the ICO farmers. Her winning images are posted on the competition’s website and also featured in the November issue of PDN. See her winning entry here.

One of Sabrina Baloun's winning images from her YPA Mentoring Project "American Landscapes".
One of Sabrina Baloun’s winning images from her YPA Mentoring Project “American Landscapes”, made possible with funding provided by ASMP. Image © Sabrina Baloun.

Sabrina shares that this is the first competition she ever entered. “I was really happy with the photos that I took that beautiful sunrise morning,” she says. “I am still in complete shock and excited by this news.” Sabrina’s mentor for Team Boston was Jim Scherer, and she described her experience as a major career step. “I truly am appreciative and grateful for the opportunity that was given to me to be part of the program this Summer. I had a great time photographing Island Creek Oyster that morning and will continue this Fall photographing Cranberry Harvest and the Farmers of Ocean Spray,” she says.

Sabrina Baloun meets with mentor Jim Scherer during YPA's "American Landscapes" 2016 Mentoring Program.
Sabrina Baloun meets with photographer Mike Malyszko during a field trip to his studio for YPA’s “American Landscapes” 2016 Mentoring Program. Image © Jim Scherer.

In addition to being a winner in the PDN TASTE competition, Sabrina was part of a team that won a 2016 Prism Award in Architecture this month. “I was the lead stylist on the project while my colleague was the photographer,” she explains. “I’m still taking it all in!”

One of Sabrina’s images from YPA’s summer mentoring program was also chosen to represent YPA on their promotional postcard for PhotoExpo 2016.


Sabrina is working as a teaching assistant this year for advertising and architecture classes at the New England School of Photography, where she encourages current students to apply and become involved in future YPA mentorships.

Congratulations, Sabrina!