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Explore Your Hometown with YPA’s 2012 Summer Mentoring Program

Posted by on April 23, 2012 | Student Photography

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The Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) is a global community where young photographers connect with the inspiration, resources and contacts they need to build successful and sustainable careers as great artists and communicators of the future.

YPA is currently accepting applications for its 2012 summer mentoring program in the following cities:

  • Portland, ME, led by Peter Dennen & Shoshannah White
  • Providence, RI, led by Ronnie Cowie  & Angel Tucker
  • New York, NY, led by Robert Hooman
  • Columbus, OH, led by Tom Dubanowich  & George Anderson  
  • Miami, FL, led by  Aaron Ansarov  
  • New Orleans, LA,  led by Jennifer Shaw & Daymon Gardner  
  • Austin, TX, Led by Eli Reed
  • Chicago, IL, led by Robert Potter
  • Los Angeles, CA, led by David Yamamoto
  • San Francisco, CA, led by Robert Houser  
  • Portland, OR, led by Joel Preston-Smith
  • Seattle, WA, led by Stewart Tilger
  • Beijing, China, led by Shannon Fagon  
  • Bangkok, Thailand, led by Duangkamon Khattiya  & Dennie Cody
  • Dallas, TX, mentor TBD
  • Toronto, Canada, mentor TBD

Over a ten-week period from June 1 to August 15, mentors in each city provide encouragement and assistance to young photographers entering the field, through a project exploring the power of photography to communicate, document and inspire.

YPA’s mentorship program gives emerging photographers the ability to work with successful imagemakers and industry professionals 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 environmental or social issue.

 © Jane Bernard  Santa Fe team mentor, Nevada Wier reviewing her mentees’ work.

Who is this for?  Anyone aged 18 to 29 or currently enrolled in a photography course.

What do I need to do if I’m interested?  Join as a YPA21 member and then proceed to the mentoring application.

  • Upload five to eight of your best images along with a letter of recommendation from a professor, mentor, advisor, or employer.
  • Draft a couple of sentences on how you might approach the theme of Hometown, so we can get a general idea of your creativity/approach.

Final mentorship candidates will be selected based on the quality of work, the creativity of possible approach, as well as location. Applicants will be notified about the status of applications no later than May 26, 2012.

YPA 2010 mentoring team members in Columbus, Ohio (Will Figg, Chris Mumma, Luke Snailham, Emily Pummill and Kate Ramsey) viewing posts from the team in Santa Fe.

Why should I take part?
  • The project and your work will be promoted in the press.
  • Work will be featured in an exhibit and on the YPA website.
  • You will learn from an established photographer.
  • You will be able to create some great work for your portfolio.

For further details contact: Lindsey Nicholson, YPA Mentoring Program Manager/Advisory Board Member