The Academy of Photography Bulgaria Yanka Kyurkchieva is a non-profit organization, founded on the 12th March 1999. The Association’s mission is to promote and preserve photography in Bulgaria. The main goals of the Association are to guarantee professional ethic and to protect the authors’ rights of its members. Academy of Photography is registered before the Ministry of Culture as collective authors’ rights managing organization. Academy of Photography has been a member of FIAP since April 2002. The Academica Statuette is The Academy’s grand prize for prominent contribution to Bulgarian Photography.