Young Photographers Alliance Hosts Opening Reception Celebrating the 2013 Mentoring Program

January 21, 2014


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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 ( and an ASMP Merit membership ( Guttman and Ratz also received $250 and $500 gift certificates for Calumet Photographic  (, 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 (, 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

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.