The Alexia grants exist to help professional and student visual storytellers produce projects that inspire change and foster understanding by addressing significant topics around the world, and it encourages a diversity of creators, issues and approaches. Please visit its GRANTS page for more information and to apply.
The recipient of the professional grant will receive $20,000 to produce their proposed project. The recipient of the student grant will receive a $1,000 stipend to advance their proposed project, a fellowship for tuition and fees to enroll in three courses during a semester at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York, and a paid position to serve as a research assistant to The Alexia chair. If the jury recognizes additional proposed projects as finalists, they will be featured on The Alexia website alongside the winners.
Submissions will be processed through Visura.co, and judging will take place on March 31 and April 1 at the Newhouse School. Winners will be announced around April 15. The Alexia 2023 judging is being sponsored by SONY.
Unlike competitions that award completed work, The Alexia funds new projects or work in progress. “It’s important to realize that the written proposal carries a tremendous amount of weight in the selection process,” explains The Alexia Endowed Chair Bruce Strong, who encourages applicants to thoughtfully craft the written components of the submission. He further explains, “When it comes to the imagery, we’re open to a variety of visual approaches. The bottom line is, we’re looking for work that shows the applicant has the skills and vision to produce a compelling project.”
After reviewing over 250 project proposals from more than 50 nations, last year’s jury selected a winner, a runner-up and award of excellence recipients in both the professional and student categories. Danielle Villasana was the 2022 recipient of professional grant, in support of her project Abre Camino. The 2022 student grant recipient was Caitlin Eddolls for her project Eight Hundred. To review last year’s winners and finalists, visit The Alexia’s 2022 GRANT WINNERS page.
Through a partnership with African Women in Photography, The Authority Collective, Diversify Photo, The Everyday Projects, Femgrafía, Foto Feminas,Indigenous Photograph,Magnum Foundation, VII Foundation, Visura and Women Photograph, The Alexia is offering a limited number of submission fee waivers for the professional category; student entries are free. Photographers and filmmakers who cannot afford the $50 professional submission fee and who are members of one of the partner organizations listed above can apply for a waiver from their organization per the instructions in the submission rules section.
For general information, visit thealexia.org. For answers to any further questions, contact Bruce Strong at TheAlexia@syr.edu.
THE ALEXIA GRANTS 2023
The Alexia promotes the power of visual storytelling to shed light on significant issues around the world by supporting photographers, filmmakers and other visual creatives whose work fosters cultural understanding and inspires change. Over 30...
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The Alexia annual grants competition supports professional and student photographers whose work gives voice to social justice.