The Alexia Foundation Grant to Visual Storytellers & Photographers

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The Alexia 2018 competition is open for applications. Apply now.
The Alexia Foundation awards grants to student and professional visual journalists to help them produce projects that inspire change by addressing topics that are socially significant. Alexia foundation photographer

Alexia Foundation Grants were created nearly 30 years ago to support still photographers and that remains our primary mission. We recognize that the profession more and more calls for a diverse range of story forms. Therefore, while your submissions must have a set of still photographs, you may also submit other story forms as part of your grant application submission. Those may include audio, video, VR or any other visual format. There will be a spot on the submission site to post up to two links.

Grants are administered by the Foundation and the endowed Alexia Chair at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

The application deadline for the Professional Grant is Thursday, February 1, 2018, at midnight Eastern U.S. Time.

The deadline for the Student Grants is Thursday, March 1, 2018, at midnight Eastern U.S. Time.

Winners Announcement
Winners will be announced early April 2018. Judging takes place at Syracuse University March 23 and 24 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The public is invited to attend.

Application Procedure
Your application must include the items listed below. Once those are ready, click the submit button at right and follow instructions from there. Professionals will be prompted to pay a $50 application fee within the application system; there is no entry fee for students.

Written Elements
1. Synopsis: In not more than twenty-five (25) words, write a synopsis of your project.

2. Proposal: A written proposal of not more than 750 words to produce a body of work comprised of still and/or video project. Nearly all previous grant recipients have proposed to continue working on projects that were in progress.

The most effective proposals either take judges to a setting within that project and describing that setting in a way that conveys its significance or by describing the subject that you want to address. Whichever your starting approach, then describe why the project is important, how you will accomplish the project and conclude by explaining the outcomes of the project, how it will be used. Evidence that you have created partnerships with other organizations is advantageous.

Do not put your name or other identifying information on your proposal. All applications will be judged anonymously. Only one application per person each year will be accepted.

The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness.
Through grants, scholarships, and special projects, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.

Get more information and apply for the grant here.

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