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Young Photographers Alliance Hosts Opening Reception Celebrating the 2013 Mentoring Program


NEW YORK, NY —Young Photographer’s Alliance (YPA) hosted their Opening reception for the 2013 Escape Mentoring Program. It was held at Calumet Gallery in New York City. There was a fantastic turnout of over 150 attendees, 25 of whom were mentees attending from all around North America.

Thanks to the ASMP Foundation, YPA’s Founding Sponsor. Others included Brooklyn Brewery, who supplied the beer, cheese platters by Indiana Market & Catering, prints from Parsons New School, matting from NY Fine Art Gallery and Glasshouse Images supplied the bar and morning session.

Winners of various “Best Of” categories were also announced during the reception. The following winners are from the UK:

  • Commended project – Tania Gibson (London)
  • Highly Commended project – Yang Zhou (London)
  • Best image – Anna Pitrowska (Bristol)
  • Best project – Claire Maxwell (Glasgow)


There was also a category for Best Overall:

  • Best team – Nashville
  • Best single image – Chase Guttman (New York)
  • Best overall mentee – Mei Ratz (Portland)


These talented photographers received free retouching by KeyIndia Graphics (www.keyindiagraphics.com) and an ASMP Merit membership (www.asmp.org). Guttman and Ratz also received $250 and $500 gift certificates for Calumet Photographic  (www.calumetphoto.com), a photographic retail and photofinishing specialty store.

The New York teams presented their ESCAPE Anthology after receiving $1500 in sponsorships to produce it. All eleven members were responsible for every step, from shooting to printing and distribution. The combination of the generous sponsorship and solid financial planning allowed the teams to print 500 hard copies. An electronic version is also available online (bit.ly/1d0iasB), as well as a Facebook page to continue the promotion of the anthology.


The evening was a great success, bursting with energy and excitement. ASMP helped to extend the artistic experience by hosting a Photo Walk the following day for visiting mentees. It was overall a great opportunity for mentees to meet one another and other attendees had the opportunity to experience the fresh and budding talent of all the photographers.

Photo Credits: Anna Pitrowska (Bristol), Chase Guttman (New York), Mei Ratz (Portland)

About YPA

Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), a 501(c)3 educational foundation dedicated to developing the talent of young photographers,is a global community where young photographers connect with the inspiration, resources and contacts they need to build successful and sustainable careers as the artists and communicators of the future. The foundation brings together a wealth of industry experience through its board and membership and offers real-world knowledge, insight, experience and contacts to help students and other emerging photographers develop their artistic skills and business acumen as photography professionals. Likewise, through its programs, YPA helps established photography professionals connect with the next generation of innovative image-makers. To make initiatives such as the Mentoring Program, the YPA is always looking for supporting partners and sponsors, please contact us for further information by visiting YPA online at www.YoungPhotographersAlliance.org.

To make initiatives such as the Mentoring Program the YPA is always looking for supporting partners and sponsors, please contact us for further information …..

For more information please contact:

Deborah Free                                                                                                   Young Photographers Alliance (YPA)
Inspire. Educate. Empower.

YPA Mentoring Program Exhibition

YPA is excited to announce that the Calumet Gallery will once again host the annual YPA Mentoring Program Exhibition. On display will be the brilliant and deeply personal photo essays of seventy-two college photography students who participated in the 2013 Mentoring Program on the theme of Escape.

            Location: Calumet Gallery, 2nd Floor, 22 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010 (map)

            Exhibit: January 13–19, 2014, 9am-5pm (free entry)

            Opening evening: Wednesday, January 15, 5:30pm–9pm ($20 donation suggested)

The opening evening is a unique opportunity to meet industry leaders in the photography and stock image industries. Join YPA on this special night to enjoy stunning photography while celebrating and supporting the next generation of young global talent. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served. 

72 mentees, nineteen teams from around the world, many of whom will be in attendance at our opening reception all working on a common theme “Escape”! View the results of their hard work.

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To read more about this years theme “Escape” and to get a preview of the images essays of the  participants go to-


We look forward to your joining us in this celebration of new young talent and to see some incredible imagery!!



The winning image will be published in the ASPP magazine and featured 
on Alamy’s homepage. The student will receive a portfolio review 
and mentoring from industry experts. Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

All entrants must be students and all entries will be submitted through Alamy. Every entry will be part of Alamy’s 100% royalty student project, where students will earn 100% of any licensing revenue generated from their images, without Alamy taking any commission.

The theme, “My Town, My Way,” was chosen to spark the imagination of students who either stayed in town for the summer or who moved to new cities to continue their education.

Alan Capel, Head of Content at Alamy, shared his enthusiasm about the project. “We’re anticipating a real range of imagery. We want to know how students feel about their town. We want to see their insights and emotions,” he said. “Even if we have 20 students submitting images of the same place, they should all be different.”

Michael Masterson, ASPP’s National President, added, “We are delighted to partner with Alamy on this competition because we are both committed to supporting students and emerging talent. The ASPP offers a free one year membership to graduates in photography and related fields to give them access to the networking and educational opportunities we offer. This competition is another way to reach that audience.”

Closing date for the competition is Saturday, September 14, 2013. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including photographers, art directors and photography professors.

The project is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Registration and entry information can be found at http://mytownmyway.wordpress.com.