+ "The Long Night" Launches By Tim Matsui and MediaStorm “The Long Night,” our first ever Women’s Initiative Grant Project, has launched. Set in Seattle, the work gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade.
+ Announcing the 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant Winner Mary F. Calvert Connie Sue Foss was raped while in the US Army and hasn’t been able to hold down a job to care for herself and her daughter. She bears scars from punching a window during a PTSD episode and holds a molar she lost from grinding her teeth at night. Mary F. Calvert
+ You Can Help Fight Exploitation of Young Women and Girls in U.S. Tim Matsui Handcuffed, 19-year-old Lisa, who was just pulled from the car where she was providing sex for money, waits to be questioned by SeaTac police. From Tim Matsui's Women's Initiative Grant Project, "The Long Night"
+ Announcing the 2014 Alexia Grant Recipients Sebastián Liste is the 2014 Professional Grant Recipient SALVADOR DE BAHIA, BRAZIL – DECEMBER 10, 2009: Children playing in the stairs in one of the buildings of the abandoned chocolate factory, on December 10, 2009 in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Despite the lack of socio-economic support from the government, they have managed to make a safe place for themselves to live, and form a community of their own, which is safer that the alternatives available to them. However they are currently being evicted by the government due to being there illegally. Sebastian Liste/Reportage for Getty Images
+ 23 Years of Stories that Drive Change Video Introduction to Our Work 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. Photo by Bharat Choudhary
+ Iranian People, Ordinary or Criminals? Mehran Hamrahi Sheida, 18, is smoking a cigarette in a café. She says " I feel safe in the café".  Smoking the cigarette is not restricted legally in Iran, however the girls are afraid of smoking in the public places. The radical Muslims and traditional people consider this as a abominable act for girls and they might annoy them. Ahvaz (Southern Iran), July 1st 2013. Mehran Hamrahi
+ Undesired Photo by Walter Astrada The practice of sex-selective abortion is the result of cultural norms that value male children over female children which causes the non-birth of almost 7,000 girls per day in India by Walter Astrada.
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What Is Alexia?

The Alexia Foundation provides grants and scholarships to photojournalists, enabling them to create work that gives voice to those who go unheard, fosters cultural understanding and exposes social injustice.

News About the Alexia Grant Competition

The 2015 Alexia Foundation Grant competition will open for entries on Dec. 3, 2014. We will be accepting entries in both the professional and student categories. 

Sebastián Liste won the 2014 Professional Grant to document the new culture of violence in Latin America. Mehran Hamrahi has received the First Prize Student Grant to portray the daily lives of Iranian youth who dream of living "a free life." Follow their progress on the news page.

Mary F. Calvert has been awarded our 2014 Women's Initiative Grant. She will utilize the $25,000 grant for her project “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.