YPA Mentoring Programme

2014 Mentoring Programme

The 2014 Mentoring Programme is being run by the charity’s North American office, and includes one team in London. The application fee (“YPA21 membership”) costs $21 (approx £14), payable by PayPal using any credit or debit card.

Background to the Programme

In the summer of 2010, we launched our first annual Mentoring Programme linking young, emerging photographers with leading photographers and picture editors. Working in small teams, the young photographers are coached as they work towards a creative brief. Our mentors offer support and guidance from the initial conceptual stage through to the final editing process.

Assigned the same brief, teams across the world create photographic projects that offer unique, international perspectives on one common theme. The format of our programme lends itself to a range of PR opportunities, increasing the profile of both YPA and our participating photographers The work from our previous programmes were exhibited in New York and London, and the programmes were featured widely in the photographic press.

The YPA Mentoring Programme gives young photographers the opportunity to work closely with industry leaders, enabling them to fine tune their craft, create images for their portfolios, and develop business skills while simultaneously providing them with a platform to show their work. With a balanced education from both a photographer and picture editor, our mentees learn how to work to a brief while honing their technical skills and pushing the bounds of their creativity. Our Mentoring Programme teaches young photographers crucial, practical skills, setting them up for a successful future.


Past Mentoring Programmes

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2011 YPA Glasgow mentor, Claire Stuart, reviews work
with two of her mentees, Antonia Spagnoletti and Martins Melcelis.© Elaine Livingstone

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Independent on Sunday Picture Editor and YPA mentor, Sophie Batterbury, briefing 2010 mentees Sarah Howe and Tilly Harris. © Justin Sutcliffe