The Boot Camp Participants have been selected!

Thanks to everyone for the great bootcamp applications. We received over 500 applications from all over the world. After a long and difficult selection process we have a list of diverse candidates including more than 100 people from Dubai, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Australia, Belarus, Netherlands, Ireland, Hungary, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Norway, Ukraine, Romania, Spain, the U.S, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Tanzania and South Africa of course.

The standard of applications has been great and we can’t wait to meet the young aspiring photographers who will be attending the bootcamp. During the bootcamp, students can expect to get to know the basics as well as the really technical aspects of using their camera and they will also have to do both group and individual assignments on various locations.

All that we ask is that you bring your motivation, passion and love for photography. You will have to work very hard and long hours but this is a bootcamp after all, we want you learning as much as possible in the 2 weeks. This is a very unique opportunity for you to meet other aspiring photographers and get some practical photography experience.

We will be sharing everything with you, we won’t hold any secrets to our success back, we want to make this the best experience of YOUR life! Even if you are not one of the people chosen for the 3 year education, you will still have the opportunity to learn an invaluable amount from one of the best photographers in the world for 2 weeks – for free!

At the end of the bootcamp, there will be a written and practical exam, those few selected who have the drive, determination and passion to pass will spend the six weeks training in Cape Town followed by the beginning of their international education in Hawaii, Australia, Denmark and more…

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity: the final students will not only receive a world class photography education, access to the best equipment in the world but all of their travel expenses and most of their living expenses for the next 3 years will be covered.

Good luck, may the forces of photography and the gods be with you! Don’t be nervous about the amount of participants and the slim chance of making it into the program. Do your best and leave a great impression, and you will certainly go very far!

(34) Comments...What do you think?

  1. Coopah

    Ahh congratulations to everyone who made it!
    I’m really bleak that I didn’t get in 🙁 should’ve included an amateur portfolio, even though it said that no experience was needed.
    Goodluck to everyone! 🙂

  2. Jarba

    Congratulation to all of you selected candidates, wishes from Finland 🙂

  3. The more I know about the Boot Camp and the perspectives the more excited I get!

  4. Congratulations to the chosen photographers! Enjoy the experience and make the most out of it! I am mad at myself for not entering! Very Very mad at not taking the chance…so grab it with both hands and go with it and ENJOY every moment of blood, sweat and tears – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity!

  5. Kusjka

    Super excited! BRING IT ON! 🙂

  6. Thank you, Yuri! My flight from Detroit is booked and I look forward to meeting everyone. What a pleasure, to study with so many wonderful photographers. I can’t wait! 🙂

  7. Siphephile

    Wow….im soooooo super excited…can’t wait to be part of this amazing experience! thanx a million YURI and your team…xxxx

  8. MikeW

    No not nervous at all….. okay, maybe a little.

  9. Very happy about this oportunity. Thanks Yuri for giving us the chance to meet you. Love & Peace Teresa Arias

  10. sounds like an exciting time of shooting, socializing, learning and travel. Good luck to all the candidates and good luck to Yuri on his new project.

  11. Good Luck All! Regardless of the outcome, this is a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved (Yuri included). Make the very most of it, ask tough questions, take copious notes and have fun!

  12. Liz Baker

    So mad and sad that I did not take the opportunity of entering this!!
    To everyone that got in, make the best of it!!

  13. Ken

    Wonderful initiative Yuri. You are the Bill Gates of Stock Photography. I wish all the participants the very best.


  14. Prudence

    Thanks to Yuri and the whole team. I am so excited to learn from the best. There are so many incredible people that will be attending the bootcamp. Its truly going to be an amazing experience and I cannot wait. I’m counting down the days…

  15. Alex Searle

    To Yuri and everyone in his team who helped put this tremendous en devour together, I thank you! For giving the opportunity to change my life and put it into the direction that I have always wanted to go, what we will learn from this, the people that we will meet, from all walks of life and all corners of the globe, it is a priceless experience! I am bouncing off the walls in anticipation of the camp… I’m counting down the minutes… let alone the days 😀 I wish you all a good holiday and festive season… see you next year!!!

  16. Chandré

    Thank you so much Yuri & Team for this opportunity…I am so amped for the bootcamp that lies ahead. Looking forward to meet everyone. Once in a lifetime opportunity – I agree with Ken…Yuri, you are the Bill Gates of Stock Photography. 😀 😀
    “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever . . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” ~ Aaron Siskind ~

  17. Emiliano

    Ecstatic that I made it through and I am in for a life changing and enriching experience!!! I will be there from the 1st of January (don’t they say new year new life?!? eheh) so if some of you guys wanna hang out let me know 😉 and yes I will be the very white one coming from Finland, the one who did Cape North last summer and Cape Town this winter!!!

  18. brittany

    I get goose bumps at the thought of next week and those two weeks everytime I think about! cant wait to meet everyone coming from all over the world! hope u guys will love beautiful south africa! Excited!!!! thanks Yuri and Team for changing my life!

  19. Ecstatic that I made it through and I am in for a life changing and enriching experience!!! I will be there from the 1st of January (don’t they say new year new life?!? eheh) so if some of you guys wanna hang out let me know and yes I will be the very white one coming from Finland, the one who did Cape North last summer and Cape Town this winter!!!

    Hi Emiliano, there’s a group of us that are meeting up on the 2nd of Jan if you’d like to join us. You can contact me at for more details or on Facebook and I can add you to the event. 🙂

  20. brittany

    hi kimberly, I am probably also going to be in cape town by the 2nd. could you maybe send me the details as well, would love to meet a few of you guys before the bootcamp starts! my email is 🙂

  21. Wow… Words…not…working…excitement…too…intense…

  22. Helen

    To all of the fabulous young men and women who have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity: YOU ROCK!!!! I’m the mama of one of the “chosen” and I am so excited for him and for all of you! Peace, joy, love and wishes for the best time ever!

  23. Guys..

    All the best.
    I’m really disappointed in myself for not even applying. I was going to, but then things got in the way. Life happens.

    Enjoy it, make the most of it, have an absolute ball.
    Maybe, with just a bit of luck, Yuri will do this again.

    Best wishes to everyone who got accepted. Great opportunity. Balls to the wall 🙂

  24. sthembile

    Hi! My name is Sthembile and I’m also attending the camp, are any of my fellow campers staying @ the Backpackers District Six coz I would love to meet everyone who is staying there as well. my email is

  25. Hi!

    I’m glad to see you all here and will be happy to see in Cape town. My plane arrives exactly at the time when the classes started. I’ll be late for 1 or 2 hours. Please share with me all that will happen during these one or two hours.
    Yuri, I like your photo style. You are my teacher… Earlier in the distance, now in reality!

    Thank you in advance!

    P.S. Still waitng a New Year gift from the SA embassy – visa in SA. 🙂

  26. cant wait to go… 🙂

  27. Jade VALJEE

    OMW I am so excited. !!

  28. randall

    THIS IS IT!!!

  29. Wow.. I’m so proud of you all guys who made it..
    Was really looking forward to it too ..but I’m got
    Schooling to finish ..

    I have a Question for those who made it .
    Is the Academy an ongoing process.. .
    Will they take new participants for 2013
    Will really love your Help

  30. Balky & Kath

    We met some of the participants at the Mussels Bar in Camps Bay. They were looking so excited and tired after a long day shooting. However, they were still taking photos all around us. A special good wishes to a south african participant with a great action beach volleyball shot. Let us know who is gone through……..

  31. Lynette Leonard

    Please let us know who the top 15 are.

    Many Thanks

  32. Just saw the video on YouTube. Congrats to everyone who made it! 🙂

  33. Melis

    What is the cost of the bootcamp. And Pro’s & Con’s anyone.

    When is the next bootcamp?


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