The VII Mentor Program, a unique initiative that has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008, seeks to provide professional development for emerging photographers whom the Members consider to be the brightest new talents in the industry. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. VII Photo Agency will distribute the photographers work for the duration of the Mentor program. The photographers selected for the VII Mentor program are nominated by the VII Member photographers. Photographers who join this program must be sponsored by one of the VII Member photographers who will then work with them for two years.