September 2012

Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) Deadline

YPA partner, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), closes its 2012 competition call to entry on 17 September. Travel photographers, there are tons of amazing prizes so, do make sure you check it out.

YPA sponsors one of the TPOTY competition categories, YPA Emerging Talent Award. Last year's winner, Joel Biddle, won a place on the 2012 Mentoring Programme.

June 2012

YPA 2012 Mentoring Call to Entry

We have just opened up the call to entry for our 2012 Mentoring Programme. We have amazing mentors including Sophie Batterbury from The Independent on Sunday and Sophie Chapman-Andrews from McCann London.

Last year's Mentoring Programme work, "Raw Energy" was exhibited in New York and London. The Hoxton "Raw Energy" show was selected as one of The London Evening Standard’s Five Best Small Photographic Exhibitions.

The application deadline is 4 July 2012. Apply now

Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) Exhibition Launches at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

YPA partner, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), launches their exhibition of the TPOTY 2011 competition winners at the Royal Geographical Society from 22 June. The free exhibition will also be showcasing some of the RGS's own images from their archive.

YPA sponsors one of the TPOTY competition categories, YPA Emerging Talent Award. Last year's winner, Joel Biddle, will win a place on the 2012 Mentoring Programme.

The Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) runs from Friday, June 22nd to Wednesday August 19th. It will be open daily (including bank holidays) from 9.30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sundays.


From left: TPOTY Cultures & Traditions commendation, "Vuorilammen Sauna, Jyväskylä, Finland." © Tessa Bunny; Young TPOTY 15-18 and YPA Award winner, "Green" © Joel Biddle

March 2012

"Raw Energy: YPA Mentoring 2011" Exhibition at the Hoxton Gallery

The Young Photographers' Alliance (YPA) arts charity is delighted to announce the launch of its first exhibition: “Raw Energy: YPA Mentoring 2011” at The Hoxton Gallery 20 March 2012.

The YPA Mentoring Programme links young, emerging photographers (aged 18-29) with established photographers and picture editors, teaching them how to work to a brief while honing their technical skills and their creative approach. The small teams of young photographers are assigned a brief (this year the theme is “energy”) and they are given two months to deliver their final projects. Our mentors meet regularly with their teams, offering support and guidance from the initial conceptual stage through to the final editing process.

For the 2011 programme, YPA ran two teams in London (a Fashion/ Portraiture team and a Reportage team) and team in Glasgow. The London Fashion/ Portraiture Team was mentored by picture editor Sharon O’Neill (former Deputy Picture Editor of The Sunday Times Style Magazine) and award-winning celebrity and fashion photographer, John Wright. The London Reportage team was mentored by Independent on Sunday Picture Editor, Sophie Batterbury and leading reportage photographer Justin Sutcliffe. Picture editor Elaine Livingstone (of Opus Media— formerly of Sunday Herald) and photographer Claire Stuart mentored the team in Glasgow.

This year's Mentoring Programme ran in conjunction with the charity's North American scheme. There were 15 teams in total across the US, Britain, and Asia.

The “Raw Energy: YPA Mentoring 2011” show will appear at the Hoxton Gallery in London from 20-22 of March. The show features an image from each of the nineteen UK mentees as well as few of the best images from the US programme.

"Raw Energy: YPA Mentoring 2011" will run at the Hoxton Gallery from 20-22 of March. The private view will be from 6-9pm on Tuesday, 20 March. The gallery will be open to the public from 2-7pm on the 21st and 22nd.

Hoxton Gallery, The Basement, 12-18 Hoxton Street, London N1 6NG

YPA would like to thank its generous show sponsors:
Hoxton Gallery Metro Imaging Travel Photographer of the year

Photographic printing by Metro Imaging

News News

From left: "We Will Fight" © Michael Byrne, "Night Workers: Medical Worker: 3:37 am" © Tina Remiz

November 2011

YPA Rich Mix Panel Discussion, 20 November 2011

Come and join us at the Rich Mix Centre on the 20 November 2011 from 7pm for our panel discussion: “When ideals meet harsh reality: how can emerging photographers pursue a personal vision and still survive in the competitive world of professional photography?”

Respected picture editor Colin Jacobson is moderating a panel discussion to investigate how emerging photographers can be commercially successful. YPA has pulled together a panel of veteran photographers, rising stars, and picture editors. The panelists include award-winning photographers Timothy Allen, John Wright, John Angerson, Adam Patterson, Jason Larkin, and picture editor Susan Glen.

Our talk will start from 7pm at Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. The event is free so we hope to see you on the 20th! Find out more about the panel

October 2011

Select Photofair Competition & Opening Night Benefit

The Young Photographers' Alliance (YPA) charity is pleased to announce its partnership with the Select Photofair in London.

On 27th of October, leading photographic commercial magazine, Select, will be launching it's first annual Photofair at theprintspace in Hoxton. For over 30 years, the magazine has been the preferred reference tool of key creative decision makers in advertising, graphic design, fashion and retail. Now the magazine is bringing together some of its top photographers for its first group show event. Showcasing the work of over 30 leading international photographers, the Select Photofair will give collectors, art buyers, and creatives the unique opportunity to both discover new commercial talent and buy high quality, but affordable prints.

YPA ran a competition offering 3 young photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Select Photofair. We are pleased to announce the winners: Sarah Howe, Helen Mildmay-White, and Aditya Swami. Here are their winning pictures:


"We Will Fight" © Michael Byrne

The Select Photofair private view on the 27th of October and proceeds from opening night print sales will be donated to YPA!

September 2011

New YPA Member Discounts

YPA is pleased to announce that the UK's largest independent photographic retailer, Jacobs Digital Photo & Video, is offering all our members discounts across a range of their products and rentals. YPA Members can redeem the following discounts:*

*These offers can not be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotions.

Mentoring Programme

The deadline for this summer's Mentoring projects is 19 September. We'll be announcing our award winners on 30th September. See YPA Mentoring Prizes.

The Travel Photographer of the Year Festival of Photography & World Travel

Check out Travel Photographer of the Year Festival of Photography & World Travel at London's Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is three days of photography and travel events this autumn featuring a fantastic line-up of speakers from the worlds of photography, film and TV, travel and exploration.

Learn how to' or 'how did they do that' from the leading experts, improve your imagery, look back at the early days of travel, get a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of TV programmes that explore the wonders of this planet, get advice on photographic equipment & technique from a pro photographer, or get a one-to-one portfolio review.

Exploring Photography & Travel Day – Sunday, 25th September
Includes: BBC video journalist Michelle Jana Chan, press photographer Dave Rotchelle, photographer and TV cameraman Jeremy Hoare, award-winning travel and wildlife photographer Steve Bloom, Antarctic explorer and photographer Julian Paren, and panoramic photographer Nick Meers.

Wild Day – Sunday, 2nd October
Includes: expedition photographer Martin Hartley, landscape and travel photographer David Noton, wildlife photographer Craig Churchill, BBC Human Planet photographer Timothy Allen, film-maker Nick Livesey, Britain From The Air photographer Jason Hawkes, stock photography expert Colin Finlay, & Conde Nast Director of Photography Caroline Metcalfe.

People & Cultures Day Sunday 16th October
Includes: BBC Human Planet - Series producer Dale Templar, Mary Robert, Head of Photography, Richmond, the American International University in London, Steve Bloom, Nick Meers, and TPOTY founder Chris Coe.

Tickets cost £55 per day or £140 for all three days, and £40 per day or £108 for all three days for students – all bookable through YPA members can get a further discount, with tickets costing just £30 per day or £80 for all three – please email to book with this discount. Full programme information is available from

May 2011

We are now welcoming applications for our 2011 Mentoring Programme. Apply.

February 2011

YPA is delighted to announce the appointment of new YPA Advisory Board member, award-winning photographer John Wright. John Wright is one of the UK's leading fashion, portrait and advertising photographers. Winner of an unprecedented 7 awards in this year's Prix De Paris, Europe's largest photographic competition, and holder of the 2010 Magazine Cover of The Year award John is listed by Luerzer's Archive as one of the world's Top 200 Advertising Photographers. Throughout his career, John has been dedicated to helping young photographers. He runs an exceedingly popular internship from his Shoreditch studio.

January 2011

YPA launches its first public exhibition at the Calumet Gallery, New York City. This exhibit shows the work from the 2010 Mentoring Programme: Answering Adversity, including the images from the 38 young photographer mentees from Britain, the US, and Canada. The exhibit opened on the 14th of January.

December 2010

Congratulations to the joint winners of this year's TPOTY/YPA Emerging Talent Award, Kat Waters (UK) and Ivar August Bull (Norway). They will both be offered places in the YPA 2011 Mentoring Programme and feedback sessions with the editorial staff of the British Journal of Photography. The winner of the TPOTY New Talent award, Eric Kruszewski, will also receive a portfolio review courtesy of YPA. See their work in the TPOTY winners gallery.