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.

Through grants, scholarships and special projects, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.

On the 21st of December,1988, 270 innocent people were lost in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.  Alexia Tsairis, age 20, a Newhouse School of Public Communications student at Syracuse University, was one of them.

At a time when many other resources have dwindled, The Alexia Foundation remains unwavering in its commitment to support photojournalism on academic and professional levels. We strongly believe that there is no stronger force in bringing us closer to the world we inhabit.

The Internal Revenue Service has determined the Alexia Foundation to be a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.


Alexia Tsairis by Emil Hofmann, November, 1988, Rinchnach, Germany
Since its inception in 1991, The Alexia Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 to 129 photography students and 25 professional photojournalists producing 154 funded projects. In return, the Foundation and its photographers have been most recently recognized with the following awards:
  • 2016 World Press Photo, Long-Term Stories, First Prize
  • 2016 World Press Photo, Daily Life, Third Prize, Stories
  • 2016 Pictures of the Year International (POYi), Photographer of the Year - Reportage 
  • 2016 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) 2nd Place: Documentary Journalism
  • 2015 World Press Photo, Multimedia, Long Feature, First Prize 
  • Lucie Humanitarian Award
  • International Center for Photography Infinity Award
  • Canon Female Photojournalist Award
  • 2014 World Press Photo, Contemporary Issues, First Prize, Stories 
  • 2011 World Press Photo Nominee, Multimedia Contest: Linear Productions
  • AnthropoGraphia Nominee: Multimedia Category
  • Webby Award Nominee Online Film & Video: Public Service and Activism
  • The Peoples Choice Winner at the 5th International Entertainment Education Conference For Health and Social Development Focusing on Women and Children
  • Pictures of the Year International (POYi) 1st place: Multimedia Issue Reporting Story
  • Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award
  • The Open Society Foundations Moving Walls Exhibition
  • Ville de Perpignan Rémi Ochlik Award from the Visa Pour l'Image International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France
  • News and Documentary Emmy Award - Nominee: New Approaches To News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries
  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination
Other awards to our winners have been World Press Photo Awards, A Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting; Visa Pour l'Image - International Festival of Photojournalism; the Fifty Crows Photo Fund; American Photography Images of the Year; and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Domestic Photography, to name just a few.
    Co-Founder and mother of Alexia Tsairis

    Former teacher, editor and administrator turned political activist since the terrorist attack that took the life of her 20 year old daughter in 1988. As chairman of the largest group of survivor families, she spent many days lobbying and testifying on Capitol Hill, traveling to Scotland, the Netherlands and Britain for high level meetings seeking justice in the then, largest American mass murder case in the skies.

    Co-Founder and father of Alexia Tsairis

    Retired Attending Neurologist and Director Emeritus of Neurology at The Hospital for Special Surgery, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology Weill-Cornell medical center in New York City. Currently, he is working as a part-time neurology consultant in Morristown, New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and has published extensively in the scientific literature.

    Co-Founder and brother of Alexia

    Licensed Architect and Builder earned a BA from Hamilton College in 1988 and a Masters of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1993. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he  has owned and operated his own architectural and building firm since 1996. 

    Co-Founder and sister of Alexia

    Earned a BA from Colgate University and a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New Jersey State Society of PA’s. She has made a reputation for herself as a specialist in Family Practice.

    Treasurer, Board of Trustees

    Richard is a principal of Krim Associates, which provides wealth management and estate planning to business owners and professionals. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. He is a regular contributor to a variety of publications and has been advising the Alexia Foundation for many years.

    Former Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University

    David Sutherland was Alexia Foundation administrator for its first 20 years and the Alexia Chair at Syracuse University from 2007-2010. He has taught photojournalism at SU since 1979.

    Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University

    Mike has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s best photo staffs as a picture editor for more than 25 years at National Geographic Magazine, The White House, several of America’s leading newspapers and as an independent editor. He was twice named newspaper picture editor of the year and has edited work for more than 20 books. He accepted the Alexia Chair in May 2013.


    A photographer for four decades, and now a lawyer, Mickey serves as General Counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, working diligently to protect First Amendment rights, intellectual property rights, and serving as a vigorous advocate for the rights and livelihood of photographers and visual journalists.


    Executive Administrator Alexia Foundation; retired Director of Photography, Newsday;  Assistant Director of Photography, Los Angeles Times; Fulbright Specialist Grant MA Program Dalian, China; judge POYI, 1st China International Press Photo competition; curator at Pingyao, China Photo Festival.


    Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of the award-winning multimedia production studio MediaStorm based in Brooklyn, New York.  @BrianStorm


    Alexia Grant winner in 2000, Vitale's photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums/galleries and published in many international magazines. She is currently a contract photographer with National Geographic Magazine and frequently teaches workshops.  @amivee


    Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.  @edkashi


    Wen Huang, PhD, Director of the International Business Development Division at the News and Information Center of China's National Press Agency, Xinhua News Agency. World Press Photo Contest Jury member in 2006 and 2007. Jury member of POYi in 2008 and Walkley Prize in Australia in 2009.


    Director of Photography at The New Yorker where she oversees the photographic vision for the print magazine, the iPad, and website. She contributes regularly to the magazine’s photography blog, Photo Booth, and is an adjunct professor at New York University. Previously, she worked at the Open Society Foundations, coordinating a grant competition for photographers and the Moving Walls exhibition. 


    Arts education and advocacy are the heart of Lacy Austin’s personal and professional work. Lacy has been the Director of Community Programs at the International Center of Photography in New York for the past ten years, focusing on photography education as a way to foster self-esteem and community empowerment. 


    He joined The Sunday Times of London as deputy picture editor; soon becoming the youngest picture editor in Fleet Street and subsequently joined the Sunday Times Magazine as Director of Photography and Assistant Editor responsible for all photography at the magazine for eight years. Currently Vice President of Photo Assignments for Getty Images UK and USA.


    Eileen Mignoni is an award-winning video producer working with The New York Times and National Geographic. She has served as the Communications Director for The Alexia Foundation since 2011. 


    Mia Tramz is the Senior Multimedia Editor at TIME, leading the Photo and Multimedia team on Since joining the news organization as an Associate Photo Editor in 2013, Mia has increasingly taken on leadership roles in TIME’s online visual coverage and has proved herself to be a leader and innovator in embracing new forms of storytelling and new technologies. @miatramz   

    Grant Competition Judge

    Keith Jenkins is the Digital General Manager for the National Geographic Society. In this role, Keith leads a team of editors, producers, product managers, and multimedia specialists in shaping the digital identity for National Geographic. Prior to joining National Geographic in 2013, Jenkins spent five years as the Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia at

    Grant Competition Judge

    Ed Kashi is a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his work. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition. 

    Grant Competition Judge

    Amy Pereira is an independent photography director, curator and consultant. Her primary focus is documentary photography and long-form visual storytelling with an emphasis on issues surrounding social justice. She is the former Director of Photography at MSNBC where she spearheaded and championed multiple long-form projects including “The Geography of Poverty” by Matt Black about income inequality in America. 

    Communications Director

    Eileen Mignoni is an award-winning video producer working with The New York Times and National Geographic. She works with the Alexia Foundation, helping them broaden their reach through words and photography. 

    Competition Administrator

    Zach Krahmer is an award winning visual producer working with a variety of both emerging and historical technologies. Zach received his BA in International Affairs at GWU, and is completing dual graduate degrees at Syracuse University. He also serves as a community mediator where he lives in Syracuse, NY.


Andrew Regenstreich, Robert Gilka, retired Photo Editor National Geographic; Vin Alabiso, former Executive Photo editor, Associated Press; Michele Stephenson, former photo editor, Time Magazine; Eliane Laffont, retired editorial Director Hachete Fillipacchi Media; Dave Tomlin, counsel, Associated Press, Daile Kaplan, Photo Director, Swann Galleries and Nancy Lee, Editor for Licensing, The New York Times


David Sutherland was the inaugural holder of the Alexia Tsairis Chair. He held the position from 2007-2010.

Tom Kennedy, a visual journalist with 35 years of experience, including Managing Editor for Multimedia at and Director of Photography at the National Geographic Society, was the Alexia Chair from 2010-2012. 

JUDGES 1991 - 2005

Vincent Alabiso, Nancy Andrews, J. Bruce Baumann, Renee Byer, Jodi Cobb, Cotton Coulson, Harry DiOrio, Mark Edelson, Macduff Everton, Kevin Gilbert, Robert Gilka, Mary Ann Golon, Thomas Graves, David Griffin, Kari Rene Hall, John Kaplan, Torsten Kjellstrand, Yunghi Kim, Bob Lynn, Carol McKay, Michele McNally, Clem Murray, Larry Nighswander, Jim Preston, Mike Smith, Susan Smith, Jodie Steck, Joe Traver.

JUDGES 2006 - 2014

Pim Van Hemmen, Ed Kashi, Michele Stephenson, Dudley Brooks, John Long, George Wedding, Brian Storm, Sally Stapleton, Larry Nylund, Bob Houlihan, Sherman Williams, Aphrodite Tsairis, Patty Reksten, Tom Kennedy, Pamela Chen, Bob Sacha, Eliane Laffont, Annie Griffiths, David H. Wells, Whitney Johnson, Kira Pollack, Maggie Steber, Jim Dooley, John Moore, Lynn Johnson, Stephen Mayes, Karen Mullarkey, Yukiko Yamagata, Julia Dolan, Sarah Leen, Carlos Javier Ortiz.
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