Inspiring, educating, and empowering the next generation of photographers

The Young Photographers' Alliance (YPA) charity was created to help young photographers aged between 18 and 29 bridge the gap between their passion for photography and professional success.

Throughout Britain, there are thousands of young people who have the talent and desire to become professionals. While digital technology has made the mechanics of taking pictures easier, the industry itself, already complex and competitive, is becoming ever harder to break into.

Initially founded in New York by Jerry Tavin and Deborah Free in 2009, YPA is now established here in the UK. Led by industry professionals, YPA nurtures young talent, helping them to develop both the photographic skills and business acumen required to build successful and sustainable careers. We provide access to practical industry knowledge, resources and contacts.

We help young photographers through our:

YPA Membership

In order to reach and support the largest number of aspiring, young photographers, we have developed a unique membership scheme that’s FREE. At its heart is our members-only site. It is a gateway to crucial industry standards information as well as technical, creative and business advice from accomplished photographers, editors, art buyers and agents. As YPA Members, young photographers are given access to apply for places on our prestigious Mentoring Programme and Folio Review and and they are able to apply to our competitions. We also offer our members valuable discounts from leading suppliers. See our full Members' Benefits