Sarah Blesener Part 1: On “Beckon Us From Home.”

Patriotism permeates our politics, our culture, our everyday life. As do accusations of unpatriotic behavior. “Of course, the word patriot tends to just be code for someone who shares our beliefs. And Americans are incredibly patriotic people. But where a sense of pride, and love, of your country, your beliefs, your community – turns into a sense of superiority, to aggression – this is nationalism.”

This is part one in a three part series, in which 2017 Alexia Professional Winner Sarah Blesener reflects on her grant project, “Beckon Us From Home.” The work is an examination of the growth of patriotism and nationalism amongst youth in the U.S. Continue reading

The Deadline for The Alexia Student Grants is Nearly Here!

The deadline for The Alexia Student Grants is Mar. 1, 2018 at 11.59 p.m. Eastern U.S. time. Interested applicants have only one week to submit their applications for a chance at one of five Student Grants.

Do not miss out on your chance for these incredible grants. Apply now! Not a student? Send this post to a student you know. For more information about applying and to submit, visit Continue reading

Sarah Blesener: Lumix Festival Exhibitor and International Photographer of the Year

2017 Alexia Professional Winner Sarah Blesener has been selected to be one of 60 exhibitors at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists. Taking place from June 20-June 24th in Hanover, Germany, the festival attests to the power of photojournalism in our image-oriented world.

She has been selected the International Photographer of the Year, for “Beckon Us From Home.” She received a $2500 cash prize in recognition for her outstanding work. International Photographer of the Year is dedicated to creating new opportunities to showcase the best photographic work and introduce leading talents to the world of contemporary photography. Continue reading

Mike Davis Inspires and Instructs at FOTOfusion

Syracuse Alexia Chair Mike Davis was recently one of the masters presenting at the 23rd Annual FOTOfusion International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging, a five-day gathering of world class photographers and industry leaders at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. The festival took place Jan. 23-27.

Davis delivered a seminar entitled “How to Elevate Your Image Making” which helped participants understand a higher level of thinking about why one makes images and learn how to apply photography’s tools in more purposeful ways. He also moderated the panel “How to Get Grants and Funding Your Own Projects” whose goal was to help unravel the mystery of the photographic grant. In each presentation, Davis was able to take time to explain the work of The Alexia Foundation.

We are grateful for this opportunity to extend the outreach of The Alexia Foundation. If you didn’t have the chance to connect with Davis at FOTOfusion, there are more opportunities coming up. Davis will be reviewing work at the NPPA’s Northern Short Course, which takes place Mar. 1-3 in Fairfax, VA, and he will be a reviewer at 2018 New York Portfolio Review April 21 and 22. Be sure to say hello! Continue reading

The Alexia Student Grants: Nathaniel Brunt on his Syracuse Semester

Perhaps the most important opportunity the First Place Student Grant offers is tuition for a semester at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Not only does this portion of the prize recall Alexia Tsairis, but it is also equivalent to a semester-long fellowship or residency at Syracuse. It is a time to take classes in areas of interest, work on projects and further develop skills with the support of a world-class faculty. The semester does not need to be a part of a degree seeking sequence.

“The experience of being at Syracuse University has allowed me to connect with an amazing range of professors, editors, and photographers. This has opened up opportunities and allowed me to expand my professional academic and photographic network,” said 2016 Alexia Student Winner Nathaniel Brunt, reflecting on what his Alexia funded semester meant for him.

“I am also profoundly thankful for the opportunity to work under the guidance of Mike Davis, which has been a formative experience for me as both a visual storyteller and educator,” added Brunt.

The deadline for The Alexia 2018 Student Grants is Mar. 1. We encourage all photography students to understand and apply for this incredible experience today. Continue reading

Sarah Blesener’s “Beckon Us From Home” at Anastasia Photo

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to share the news that Sarah Blesener’s 2017 Alexia Professional Grant project, “Beckon Us From Home,” will be on display at New York City’s Anastasia Gallery Feb. 20-April 1. The Artist’s Reception is Feb. 27.

We are proud to have been able to support this work and we look forward to seeing reach the prestigious platform of Anastasia Photo. We hope you will find time this spring to see the work in person. Continue reading

One Day Remains for Apply for The Alexia Professional Grant

The deadline for The Alexia $20,000 Professional Grant is tomorrow, Feb. 1. at 11.59 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time. The Alexia Professional Grant is meant to allow a visual journalist produce a project that inspires change by addressing topics that are socially significant.

We look forward to reading your compelling proposals and seeing your powerful images. We thank you for your contribution to our competition and to the world at large. Continue reading

With 1 Week Left to Apply for The Alexia Professional Grant, Chair Mike Davis Offers Advice

There is only one week remaining to submit your application for The Alexia $20,000 Professional Documentary Photography Grant. The deadline for the Professional Grant is Feb. 1 at 11.59 p.m. EST. (Students have until Mar. 1.)

As you enter into the final application period, we have advice and encouragement for you. This past Friday, Syracuse University Alexia Tsairis Chair of Documentary Photography Mike Davis spent an hour answering questions from applicants just like you in a Facebook Live Session. He addressed straightforward issues, and also reflected on image selection and proposal writing.

Expressing gratitude to all applicants for their work, Davis concluded “If you do submit, I want to thank you for doing so. I look at and I read every proposal. I am looking forward to everything you do, have done and will do.” Continue reading

Join Us for a Facebook Live Q&A on Applying for The Alexia

This Friday, Jan. 19 from 1.30-2.30 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Syracuse University Alexia Chair Mike Davis will be hosting a Facebook Live Q&A about applying for The Alexia Grants. He will be taking your questions and speaking about proposals, photo submissions, qualifications for the grant, and anything else you would like to discuss.

A photo editor and educator with decades of experience, this is Davis’s 6th year managing The Alexia Grant competition as Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography. He knows what makes a successful grant application and will spend the Facebook Live hour imparting it to you. Join us this Friday and get answers about how to apply successfully, not only for The Alexia Grants, but all photography grants. Continue reading