DEADLINE: The Alexia Grants

Event Date: 
October 5, 2020

Since 1991, the Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice. Production grants are awarded to students (grant amount varies) and professional photographers ($20,000) to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities.

We are changing the parameters and expectations for this year’s competition, given how the pandemic is affecting those in the visual storytelling profession. We are reducing the entry fee from $50 to $20 and the grant money may be spent on whatever the recipient deems to be most necessary, as opposed to expecting it to go toward producing a proposed project.

The recipient of The Alexia Professional Grant will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project, or this year, to be used as the recipient deems most appropriate.

The recipient of The Alexia Student Grant will receive a fellowship for tuition and student fees to enroll in three courses during a semester at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and a $1,000 stipend and is the research assistant for The Alexia director at The Newhouse School during the semester, a paid position.

Two other submissions in each category will be recognized as competition finalists.

Deadline: Professional and student grants — Oct 5, 2020. (Applications will be accepted starting Sep 14.)

Inspired by their dear daughter and sister Alexia Tsairis who was innocently killed at the age of 20 during the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the Tsairis family have worked to build Alexia’s legacy as a photographer through The Alexia Foundation. From its beginning as a memorial fund at Alexia’s alma mater Syracuse University, The Alexia Foundation has grown to become one of the most well-known and respected awards in the field of photojournalism, earning recognition and awards from World Press Photo, the Emmy News and Documentary Awards, the duPont-Columbia University Award, and a Pulitzer Prize; just to name just a few.

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