OVERVIEW: The Alexia Foundation supports photojournalism projects that highlight social injustice and promote a better understanding of cultural differences.
IP TAKE: This is an approachable funder that seeks to support photojournalists who act agents of change to build increased cultural and social understanding and “expose social injustice.”
PROFILE: The Alexia Foundation was established in 1991 in honor of Alexia Tsairis, a 20-year-old Syracuse student who died in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The foundation seeks to promote “the power of photojournalism to give voice to social justice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness.” It offers photojournalism production grants to both students and professional photographers who “produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.”
Alexia’s professional grant program offers awards of $20,000 toward the production costs for photojournalists whose work promotes world peace and cultural understanding. The program also supports storytelling formats other than still photography, such as audio, visual, and motion.
The deadline for professional submissions typically falls at the end of January, and winners are announced around the first week of April. There is a $50 application fee for this program. To learn more about the projects supported by Alexia, explore its Photo Stories web page.
The foundation’s student grant program applies to students attending Syracuse University. Grants for up to $21,000 per semester are awarded to undergraduate students and up to $15,000 for graduate students. Syracuse students can click here for more information.
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