Image by John Wright, photographer and YPA mentor

The highly successful Young Photographers Alliance have just announced the details of their latest Mentoring Programme and have issued a call for entries

We recently featured some great work from the Young Photographers Alliance project, the mentoring programme set up by Jerry Tavin and Deborah Freein 2009.

The YPA in the UK hooks up young photographers with industry professionals from editorial and advertising, providing Mentors such as Sophie Batterbury, the Picture Editor of the Independent on Sunday, and Sophie Chapman-Andrews, Head of Art Buying at McCann London.

Their knowledge of what the industry is looking for provides crucial insider insight to young photographers at the start of their career. The program also delivers press exposure with its exhibiton shown in London and New York venues, and the show in The Hoxton Gallery was rated by The London Evening Standard as one of the Five Best Small Photographic Exhibitions.

Most of all, it provides invaluable networking opportunities and introductions, and Mentees have gone on to  commercial and artistic success (click here for feedback from past mentees). Allie Suwanrumpha who worked in the Reportage section said, “The YPA programme made me think about photography more from both a photographer’s and picture editor’s point of view – what may work for a photographer might not necessarily work for a picture editor, so in this respect it was highly useful to have these kind of people as mentors at the same time.”

Find out more about applying for YPA scheme.


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