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.
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.
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.