YPA Awards Announced for 2016 Mentoring Program

YPA Awards Announced for 2016 Mentoring Program

Congratulations to our four winners!

The YPA awards announced are for our theme, “American Landscapes“, which was enthusiastically embraced by a group of young artists for YPA’s 2016 Mentoring Program. Here are the recipients with links to their winning submissions.

Zhanna Kurmanova: YPA Mentoring Program Award Winner

“The Walls” by Zhanna Kurmanova
Team New York, Barry Rosenthal, Mentor
Zhanna came to New York City from University of Houston-Downtown to pursue photography in 2014. She is originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Lelanie Foster: YPA Mentoring Program Award Winner

“Mr. Carlos A. Foster” by Lelanie Foster
Team New York, Michael Weschler, Mentor
Lelanie has been a photo assistant to Sarah McColgan, Sarah Silver, Melina Matsoukas, and Sebastian Kim.

Daion Chesney: YPA Mentoring Program Award Winner


“Blue Bird” by Daion Chesney
Team Los Angeles, David Zentz, Mentor
Daion is currently a senior at Loyola Marymount University.

Terry Phan: YPA Mentoring Program Award Winner

“My Vietnam” by Terry Phan
Team New York: Barry Rosenthal Mentor
Terry attended SUNY New Paltz.

Entries were judged based on expression of theme, strength of images, and impact of the essay message. Awards were granted based on the submission receiving the highest score when tallying all scores from our panel of judges:

  • Aline Smithson, Photographer, Founder and Editor, Lenscratch
  • Bruce Katz, Photographer
  • Doug Menuez, Photographer
  • Stacy Swiderski, Photographer, Senior Photo Editor, Wonderful Machine
  • Spencer Jones, Photographer, Owner, Glasshouse Images
  • David Walker, Author and Executive Editor, Photo District News

Thanks to our major founding sponsor, the American Society of Media Photographers Foundation and four ASMP chapters, teams met in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia where seven mentors worked with 24 mentees in interpreting this theme. You can see the individual submissions from all seven teams here.

Help YPA share this important work

YPA’s Mentoring Program teamed fantastic young talent with accomplished professionals to interpret the theme, “American Landscapes” in 2016.

Now, it’s time to honor their work with an exhibition, opening reception and award ceremony event. To make this possible, we need your help! Our regular venue is not available so we are looking for a gallery or studio space in Manhattan or Brooklyn to host the exhibit in the coming months.

The show typically hangs for a week or so, and our opening reception and award ceremony brings approximately 100 people together for a few hours on a week night.

If you have suggestions, or can help sponsor our effort to secure a venue, please let us know by sending us an email.