The mentorship cycle begins on October 1 of each year. Three of the DPPF’s Advisory Board professionals mentor three photographers chosen from the recent cohort of grant recipients, providing guidance on career skills including honing story-telling skills, structuring a more efficient work flow, perfecting a portfolio, running a freelance business, and covering live events.

2023-2024 Mentors

Ariele Goldman Hecht

Elsa Garrison

Christian Petersen

Jed Jacobsohn

Marcio Sanchez

2023-2024 Mentorship Recipients




Mentorships are awarded as part of the annual grant application process.


Mentees will be paired with mentors after being selected, and individual mentees may work with one or more mentors during the course of the year-long program, beginning in October.

The expectation is that the grantee and mentor collaborate together to form a personalized plan for the grantee for the year to aid in goals specific to them. This may include but is not limited to:

  • development of a personalized photo project or photo story; honing story-telling skills, with the end result being a set of pictures to be published at the end of the term
  • structuring a more efficient work flow
  • perfecting their portfolio, website, resume; help with Interview skills
  • networking and introductions to others on the DPPF advisory board or within the industry who might aid in advancing their career
  • discussions and instruction about equipment or technical photographic skills
  • assistance with the business side of the job: how to invoice, contracts, etc.
  • advice on real work experience: assisting jobs, credentials, coverage of a live event

The DPPF will solicit feedback from both awardees and mentors at regular intervals throughout the year. A member of the DPPF administration will always be available for support for all participants.