Chapter Members Mentor Young Photographers

ASMP South Florida Chapter members Dennie Cody and DK Khattiya are the first team to bring the Young Photographers Alliance Mentoring Program to Thailand, where they live and work part of the year.

E-mailing today from Bangkok, Cody says “We see this as a great opportunity to open doors to different cultures and bring unique new perspectives from the other side of the world to the YPA mission.”

Photograph by YPA Thailand mentee Suntuk Talek. Mentor Dennie Cody says Talek “photographed this image of smoke as part of this years theme which is “Energy is Everything”. He sees the smoke as an indicator of the energy expelled from fire, from the universal saying “Where there is smoke there is fire.”

Editorial Note: the following has been edited from news release provided by Deborah Free of the YPA.

The Young Photographer’s Alliance (YPA), an educational foundation dedicated to developing the talent of young photographers, announced today in New York City its second international mentoring opportunity for students and recent graduates of college-level photography programs. This year’s theme, “Everything is Energy,” focuses on the powerful forces that shape our world, our politics, our environment, our lives and ourselves.

“YPA’s inaugural mentoring program in 2010 was a resounding success and we’re thrilled to offer this tremendous opportunity to a new group of aspiring image makers,” commented Jerry Tavin, YPA Co-founder and president. “Energy is anything and everything,” he continued. “It can be human, physical, mental, spiritual, a force of nature, mechanical, technical, invented or created. The goal of this project is for young photographers to look beyond the obvious and explore the theme metaphorically in a way that sheds new light on the human condition.”

Thai photographers being mentored by South Florida Chapter members Dennie Cody and DK Khattiya , photographed by Cody in Bangkok. 

Developed with the support of a grant from the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the YPA mentor program pairs emerging photographers with a leading photographer. Each student is encouraged to push boundaries and shed light on the subject in new and innovative ways within the context of their photographic specialty, including portraiture, photojournalism, landscape, architectural photography and more. The deliverables will be not only a collection of thought-provoking images, but also a written essay from each mentee that offers insight and inspiration to viewers. In addition to helping these protégées fine-tune their artistic talent and build their portfolios, the program offers them an unparalleled opportunity to develop business skills and explore markets for their work.

More than 50 students will be participating this year. The North American teams include students from colleges across the country mentored by 17 renowned photographers, including Barbara Bordnick, Lynne Damianos, Dirk Fletcher, Rafael Soldi and others. In addition, students in China, Thailand and the UK will partner with celebrated artists such as Sophie Batterbury, Dennie Cody, Shannon Fagan, Duangkamon Khattiya, Justin Sutcliffe and John Wright

Young Photographers Alliance 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.  For more information, visit YPA online at

In the weeks ahead, YPA will be seeking volunteers to assist with the 2011 YPA Awards Ceremony and Benefit, which will take place on Wednesday October 19. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Deborah Free at 585-768-7880 or

ASMP SFL Member’s Spotlight: Jose Manuel Vidaurre

©2010 Jose Manuel Vidaurre

Dear ASMP SFL members

 This time, the Spotlight goes to Jose Manuel Vidaurre, a spanish-born shooter, who has lived in Miami for the last 8 years, and is one of the remarkable photographers who belongs  in our South Florida Chapter.

Jose Manuel has been selected in Germany by Luerzer’s Archive publisher for the book “200 BEST ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHERS WORLDWIDE”, and he has a long list of 65 award certificates and trophies from three continents including The London International Advertising Award, The New York Festivals, FIAP, IPA, The Color Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris and Creativity Annual among others. Jose Manuel has also been selected by Kingston Technologies for the program “Icons of Photography”.

About the image: This is one of the 24 images created by Jose Manuel Vidaurre for the Miller ”BE PART OF IT / IT’S MILLER TIME” campaign, currently being launched throughout 68 countries. Jose Manuel was first hired by the Agency to develop the photographic concepts of the images. After SAB Miller’s approval at the Annual Convention, Jose was then commissioned to create the high resolution files required for oversized billboards and a vast array of other media.

For more spectacular images of Jose Manuel Vidaurre’s work, just visit his website:


Reminder: all ASMP South Florida Members are cordially invited to submit their recent shootings, be it  an Advertising/Editorial Campaign, Gallery opening, or even a personal project, to be showcased in the Member’s Spotlight.
Submit your images and text to

“A Celebration of the Female Vision: Women Photographers in South Florida”

©Jorge Parra

ASMP South Florida Chapter and ASMP Foundation Invite the Visual Arts Community
 and Professional and Student Photographers to join us for:

“A Celebration of the Female Vision: Women Photographers in South Florida
 The Freedom Tower,Downtown Miami
  November 9, 2010  11AM- 4:30 PM

Event Program

11am – 1:30pm Brief Event Opening Speech:

by Jorge Parra. President American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) South Florida Chapter

“Trends and Challenges in Photography”

Presented by the Director of the Miami Dade Gallery System, and Photography Curator Jorge Gutierrez

The Discussion Panel: - Professional Women Photographers Today and Tomorrow”

Panel presentation addressing the challenges women photographers face and an exploration of ways to succeed in photographic careers. Several leading professional women photographers, and experts in related fields will lend their experiences to represent and discuss Fine Arts, Education, Advertising, Photojournalism, and other aspects of the industry.

- “Business Practices and Your Future in a Changing Industry”

Information on Copyright, intellectual property, legal issues, Strictly Business 3, negotiation, licensing and the current market.

Panel Moderated by: Liz Ordoñez (ASMP). Audience participation via a Q&A session.

Invited Panelists include:

-Silvia Lizama — Barry Univ / Education and Fine Art -Debra Pierce — Arts Institute Miami / Dept of Visual Arts -Ginny Dixon — Miami Ad School graduate / Pulitzer Prize Winner
-Kathleen Carignan — Copyright Attorney, Legal Art Miami -Scherley Busch — ASMP SFL Board / Editorial/Portraits -Alexia Fodere — ASMP SFL Board / Free Lance Photojournalist
-Nancy Brown — ASMP / Fine Art and Commercial Photographer
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g1:30pm – 2:15pm

“Snack Time and Networking”
A chance to network and mingle over beverages and snacks
Build new relationships, get to know peers and emerging talent, share ideas, exchange contacts and get inspired.

2:15 pm – 3:15pm

Master Guest speaker : CANDACE BARBOT

Candace is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and award winner Photographer who is at the forefront of Multimedia and Images in Motion creativity and technology She also teaches at the University of Miami.
You can read more about Candace in her website

3:15pm – 4pm

“Round Table discussion groups”

A time to talk about and show your work. A great group of professionals from the Arts, Advertising, and Business fronts will provide advice on several
matters. Bring your portfolio or new works in progress. Students are encouraged to participate.

4:30pm: Opening of

South Florida Women Photography Multimedia Exhibition

A multimedia slideshow-video projected exhibition will showcase select works of professional women photographers in South Florida.
Exhibition begins during the conference and continues through Dec. 9 at the Freedom Tower.

Note: small program changes and participants may occur due to unexpected reasons
Sponsored by ASMP Foundation, Miami Dade Gallery System, Arts Institue Ft Lauderdale,Miami University of Design /AI, Barry University ,Legal Art Foundation, Miami AdFed, Heineken, Coco Water,
and others.