YPA 2016

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YPA (Young Photographers Award) a contest organized by Beatrice Chassepot, Founder and Editor of be-Art magazine.  The contest will reward, May 14th, 2016, a student from the Advanced Class of photography of non-profit organization, VeniceArts.

To all MEDIA, you are more than welcome to support YPA, and mention it

Please note that no money is involved at any level of the contest..




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Venicearts is a non-profit organization based in Venice, California.

Venice Arts was established in 1993 with ten kids, a darkroom in a donated basement, and a big dream: to create a vibrant arts center for low-income youth. Twenty years later, our award-winning Art Mentoring & Education program, has reached thousands of low-income youth, providing meaningful, media-based programs that builds creativity, literacy, and media, arts, and technology knowledge and skills.

Lynn Warshafsky,Founder and Executive Director since 1993
Elysa Voshell, Associate Director / Gallery & Public Programs Director at Venice Arts
Issa Sharp, Lead Photographer | Director of Education
Whole team here:


cropped-2015-beart-magazine-Logo-2015.jpgYPA is organized by Beatrice Chassepot, Founder and Editor of be-Art magazine

Since 2005, be-Art Magazine (bAm) is an independent high-quality-only magazine committed to providing articles, images or videos on selected exhibitions and artworks. be-Art magazine also offers a rigorous selection of Artists, Art Fairs, Galleries and Museums.


Beatrice Chassepot: “I noticed their booth three years in a row at Photo LA, and each time I was amazed by the consistency and commitment of the photographs. As an art critic, I always take time when it comes to deciding how good a piece of art is. Last January 2016, when I saw the installation of those amazing photographs hung on the walls of their booth, and after an exchange of emails with Issa, the Director of Education at Venicearts, I decided it was time to help them.

As to be exposed, is the most rewarding for an artist is, I put together that contest with an award that provides a full international exposure of the winner. He or she will have his/her portfolio on be-Art magazine and All About And most of all, the Isabelle Mesnil, from NextLLevel Galerie is offering a participation for one photo, in one of her group show in Paris.”


Isabelle Mesnil Gallerist,
Barbara Davidson Photo journalist,
Ken Gonzales-Day Photographer,
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel Editor of All about
Beatrice Chassepot, Art Critic.

isabelle mesnilIsabelle Mesnil Owner & Director of the NEXTLEVEL galerie, Paris, FRANCE.

NEXTLEVEL is contemporary art gallery established in 2009 by Isabelle Mesnil. It is located in the heart of Paris, in the Marais. Committed to high quality work across different artistic media, NEXTLEVEL represents and supports mid-career artists with practices that push the boundaries of their field. The gallery features a robust schedule of exhibitions by French and International artists, participates in key international art fairs and also collaborates on off-site projects with leading institutions and curators.
8, rue Charlot, 75003 Paris – France


Barbara Davidson, Photographer. Staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times since 2007.

Davidson has twice, in 2006 and 2014, been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by POYi. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 in Feature Photography and a national Emmy for her story of innocent victims trapped in the crossfire of Los Angeles’s deadly gang violence. In 2010 she won the Cliff Edom “New American Award,” from the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism competition for her project documenting the lives of Navajo Indians. The Visa d’Or Daily Press award was given to Davidson in 2009 for coverage of the earthquake in China. In 2006 she won a team Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for Hurricane Katrina. Davidson is a native of Montreal, Canada.

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SILVER LAKE, CALIFORNIA DECEMBER 17, 2010-Artist Ken Gonzales-Day stands in front of his art work at his home in Silver Lake. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)Ken Gonzales-Day, Photographer

He is a Los Angeles-based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. The Erased Lynching series and the publication of Lynching in the West: 1850-1935, raised awareness of the history of lynching communities of color in California, while the Profiled series brought new attention to a racial history of objects that had been overlooked. The Searching for California Hang Trees series offered a critical look at the legacies of landscape photography while the Walking Tour of Los Angeles Lynching Sites, and his 2015 short film, RUN UP, have brought these little-known histories to a wide range of communities, both locally and internationally. Gonzales-Day is Professor of Art and Humanities at Scripps College.

Ken Gonzales-Day is represented by Luis de Jesus Los Angeles.
More here:

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Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Photographer. Co-Founder and Editor of All about

Self-taught, she wins many photography contests (including the Prix Kodak de la critique photographique). Her photographs have been displayed in many group shows (France, Belgium, Luxemburg), published in magazines and are widely spread on the Internet. They are part of many private collections in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin or Milan. She lives and works in San Francisco.

Beatrice Chassepot, Art Critic. Founder and Editor of be-Art magazine.

She writes articles for e. magazines and paper magazines such as: a Spanish paper magazine, All about, and more. She lives and works in Los Angeles

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The Winner wins a full exposure with:

  • One of his/her photographs will be chosen by Isabelle Mesnil, Judge & Owner of NextLevel Galerie, and exhibited in a group show in the gallery in Paris, FRANCE

  • His/Her Portfolio will be shown online on be-Art magazine,

  • He/She will become part of be-Art magazine’s “Emerging artist” selection,

  • His/Her portrait and a selection of photographs will be shown on All about

Special thanks for their help and support to:

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Luis de Jesus, Owner of Luis de Jesus Los Angeles Gallery.


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Aline Smithson
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