YPA Awards Announced for 2018 Mentoring Program

YPA Awards Announced for 2018 Mentoring Program

Congratulations to our 2018 Mentoring Program winners!

YPA is pleased to announce the award winners for our 2018 Mentoring Program. Our theme, “Silence“, was enthusiastically embraced by a group of young artists participating in five cities across the United States. Here are the recipients with links to their winning submissions.


“ANXIETY: Breaking the Silence” by Binita Mandalia
Boston: David Binder and Liz Linder, Mentors


“Queer Youth” by Elianel Clinton
New York Team 1: Frank Meo and Claudia Paul, Mentors


“Intimate Silence” by Hannah Solus
New York Team 2: Rod Goodman and Barry Rosenthal, Mentors

“An Open Letter to my Grandmother” by Harper Bella
New York Team 2: Rod Goodman and Barry Rosenthal, Mentors

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 and Photo Editor
  • 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 and local ASMP chapters, six teams met in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego and Portland, Oregon where mentors worked with mentees in interpreting this theme. You can see the individual submissions from all teams here.