YPA Mentoring Programme
2013 Mentoring Programme
This year our Mentoring Programme is being run by the charity’s North American office, and includes three teams in the UK: in London, Bristol and Glasgow. An application fee (“YPA21 membership”) of $21 (approx £14) is required, which can be paid by PayPal using any credit or debit card. Applications must be submitted by 1 June 2013. The UK programme will run from 15 June to 31 August (two weeks later than the North American programme).
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.
2012 Mentoring Programme
The theme for the 2012 Mentoring Programme was "Home".
2011 Mentoring Programme
For our 2011 Mentoring Programme, we hosted two teams in London (a Fashion / Portrait Team and a Reportage / Other team) and a team in Glasgow. All teams were assigned an "Energy" theme and each photographer was able to interpret the brief in his/her own way. The mentors included award-winning photographers John Wright and Justin Sutcliffe, the Deputy Picture Editor of Sunday Times Style Magazine, Sharon O'Neill, and the Picture Editor of the Independent on Sunday, Sophie Batterbury. The programme ran from July-September 2011.
The work was exhibited at the Calumet Gallery in New York in January 2012 and at The Hoxton Gallery in March 2012. The Hoxton "Raw Energy" show was selected as one of The London Evening Standard’s Five Best Small Photographic Exhibitions.