Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Young Photographers’ Alliance

Rooftops on FireImage by newbeltane via Flickr

The Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) is a global community where young photographers connect with the inspiration, resources and contacts they need to build successful and sustainable careers as the great artists and communicators of the future.

Many aspiring young photographers don't know where to turn to when they first get started in their chosen career. The YPA aims to help them. It's mission statement says "

YPA is an educational foundation dedicated to rallying the resources of the creative community and general public in support of young talent. Our mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of image-makers by offering the real-world knowledge, insight, experience and contacts they need to build sustainable careers as photography professionals.

YPA is unique in its focus on community and the fostering of direct, meaningful connections between emerging and established photographers. Our vision is to create powerful synergies between the two groups, recognizing that collaboration benefits both, and ultimately energizes and advances the profession as a whole.

Great talent isn’t just born. It’s developed.

The Young Photographers Alliance provides financial grants and skill-development opportunities for emerging photographers and photography students enrolled in college programs across the United States.

However, the organisation is now seeking to establish itself in the UK. First launched in the US, YPA is coming to the UK soon, To help establish the organisation in the UK, Chris Coe, a landscape photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer of the Year competition, is putting some of his resources in play.

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