CEPIC Congress Hosts the Young Photographers’ Alliance Exhibition
ByErin MoroneyThe Young Photographers' Alliance (YPA) is thrilled to announce that this year’s annual CEPIC Congress will be hosting our "Raw Energy: YPA Mentoring 2011 exhibition" at the Truman Brewery in London
YPA is a charity that helps young photographers, aged 18-29, by providing them with the practical experience, industry knowledge, resources, and contacts in order to help them to build successful and sustainable careers. Our main focal activity is our Mentoring Programme.
The YPA Mentoring Programme links young, emerging talent 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 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. The theme for our 2011 programme was Energy.
YPA UK ran two mentoring teams in London (a Fashion/ Portraiture team and a Reportage team) and a 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/ 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 Glasgow’s Sunday Herald) and photographer Claire Stuart mentored the team in Glasgow.
YPA’s British Mentoring Programme ran in conjunction with the charity's flagship North American scheme. There were 15 mentoring teams in total across North America, Britain, and Asia. For the second year running, ASMP were major funding sponsors of the US Mentoring Programme.
The Mentoring Programme exhibition features an image from each of the nineteen British mentees as well as few of our favourite images from the US programme. In the UK, we also awarded two prizes: Best in Show (awarded to Tina Remiz) and the Best Fashion/ Portrait award (won by Michael Byrne). These two projects will be exhibited in their entirety.
The Raw Energy exhibition was our first show in Europe and it launched at the Hoxton Gallery in London on the 20th of March 2012. Our YPA show was selected as one of The London Evening Standard’s Five Best Small Photographic Exhibitions.
We are so pleased that CEPIC has welcomed us to this year’s Congress. Everyone is painfully aware of the current challenges inherent in the photographic industry. But it’s easy to forget that the future of our industry relies on in influx of new talent. Now it’s more daunting than ever to embark on a career as a professional photographer so it’s important that photographic leaders rally around emerging talent.
YPA UK would like to thank Metro Imaging for generously printing and mounting the Raw Energy show.
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