Grants & Open Calls
Open Call Rules
Open Call



The Alexia promotes the power of visual storytelling to shed light on significant issues around the world by supporting both student and professional photographers, filmmakers and other visual creatives whose work fosters cultural understanding and inspires change by addressing socially significant topics. Over 30 years, through its annual competitions, The Alexia has provided more than $1.7 million in grants to 170+ student and professional photographers. Grants are awarded to applicants who can produce significant projects that share in The Alexia’s mission and who demonstrate the ability to accomplish their projects. 

Student applicants are encouraged to consider proposing projects located close to where they live because a successful body of work is more likely with easy and repeated access. Most student grant recipients are already working on their projects when they apply.

This year, we are offering two new opportunities in addition to the main $1,000 grant. If your project aligns with one of the new initiatives, it will automatically be considered. SUBMIT ONLY ONE APPLICATION.

NEW: The Alexia Conservation Grant sponsored by The fStop Foundation — $1,000. We are looking for a strong project that focuses on positive aspects of conservation work in relation to human-wildlife conflict and how we can thrive alongside the wildlife that share our landscape. The fStop Foundation also is willing to provide guidance during production and publication.

NEW: Exhibitions. All images will be considered for inclusion in exhibits and publications curated throughout the year. Photographers with selected images will be contacted for approval.

The 2024 submission cycle will end at 11:59 p.m. February 15, 2024. Feel free to join us for the open judging weekend (sponsored by SONY) on March 29–30 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

The Alexia encourages a diversity of creators, issues and approaches, and we look forward to reviewing your proposals.
Deadline: February 19, 2024

Terms & Conditions


The Alexia follows ethical photojournalistic standards as set forth by organizations such as World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association. Images may not be altered to change the structural integrity of photographed scenes unless they are clearly illustrative in nature. Toning of images — saturation, contrast, vignetting, dynamic range, etc. — must be within reasonable limits, as determined by the judges. We reserve the right to request raw files or untoned .jpg files of submitted images from entrants selected as finalists, with the goal of ensuring the integrity of those images. If you cannot provide raw or untoned files, you might be ineligible to receive an Alexia grant.

The submission of AI imagery is NOT ACCEPTABLE for The Alexia grants and will disqualify your application.

All applicants understand that The Alexia will comply with all applicable U.S. export control and economic sanctions laws and regulations, including the screening of applicants and/or grant recipients against lists of export control-restricted parties to ensure compliance with sanctions regulations.


Professionals: If you do not qualify as a student, you must enter as a professional. Grant applicants who are employed full time must ensure they have any necessary permissions from their employer to allow time to complete their project within one year.

Students: Students must be fully engaged in academic pursuit at a college, university, community college or center of photography at the time of their submission or have graduated in 2023. For most students, that means they’re enrolled full-time and taking courses; others might be on an internship before completing their degree or working on their master’s project or thesis as part of an advanced degree. Ph.D. students are eligible if they are actively pursuing their degree. You will be prompted to provide proof of current enrollment or recent graduation (in the form of a PDF or .jpg) during the submission process.


Grants will go to visual storytellers who demonstrate the potential to produce significant projects that share The Alexia’s mission and who demonstrate the ability to accomplish their projects. Applications will be judged by a three-member jury based on the topic and the strength of the submitted materials — both the visuals and the proposal itself. The jury will review all submissions before the live judging weekend (March 28—29) and advance only selected entries for reassessment during the judging weekend, at the end of which they’ll choose grant recipients, runners-up and award of excellence honorees.


Professional grant recipients are expected to produce a substantial body of work on the project they proposed — usually clocking in about one to three months of field time — within one year of signing the grant agreement. These recipients will then submit 60 high-resolution images or a high-resolution digital file of their film to The Alexia Chair. Student grant recipients are expected to make meaningful progress on their project within one year of signing the grant agreement. These recipients will then submit at least 20 high-resolution images or a high-resolution digital file of their film to The Alexia Chair.

All grant recipients working with still photography will consider images made during the entirety of their project in choosing the final images and will consult with The Alexia Chair to create the selection. The goal is to reflect the full scope of the project, including any worthy imagery made before the grant was awarded. All images must have captions. All grant recipients working on a film also will consider footage shot during the entirety of their project and will consult with The Alexia Chair at least three times: at the rough-cut stage, midway and just before the final cut.

All recipients also must submit at the end of that year a thorough document that 1) outlines how they completed/advanced the project, 2) lists any publication or public presentation of the work, and 3) elaborates on challenges, triumphs lessons learned. Lastly, all grant recipients will credit The Alexia at Newhouse/Syracuse University if their project (in part or in its entirety) is published or screened during production or within a year of completion.


All applicants understand, acknowledge and agree that should they be awarded an Alexia grant, the recipient retains the copyright to their work and explicitly grants The Alexia, its licensees, affiliates and their designees an irrevocable, non-exclusive perpetual royalty-free license to use, copy, publish, distribute, screen and display those photographs, photo stories, picture essays, multimedia, films or photo-documentary projects, written content, in any and all manner, form/medium/media now known or hereafter created, and in any publication, advertising, marketing, venue or program sponsored or authorized by The Alexia for the advancement of its mission and goals, including but not limited to educational, promotional and fundraising purposes at The Alexia’s sole discretion, without additional permission or consideration, or notification to the grant recipient or any third party.

The Alexia Chair may also use submitted materials and completed projects in their educational responsibilities.

Each applicant warrants and represents that every photograph/film submitted with their entry is their own original work and that they have the unrestricted right to grant The Alexia the license described above.

Alexia grants will be awarded subject to these additional terms: The license granted herein by the applicant to The Alexia for use of photographs/films submitted with the applicant’s Alexia grant application shall be extended in all its terms to all works created by the applicant in the course of any project funded in any part by the applicant’s Alexia grant. Each applicant shall be deemed to have consented to the use of their name, portrait and/or picture by The Alexia in promotional and public relations materials or for any other purpose related to The Alexia. Each applicant shall agree to reasonable requests by The Alexia to present such applicant’s work and/or represent The Alexia at photography workshops, seminars and/or conventions, provided that any necessary expense associated with such presentations is paid by The Alexia. Each applicant shall be responsible for determining his or her own tax liability arising from acceptance of the Alexia grant, and for satisfaction of any such liability.
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