Friday marked the close of the application period for the Alexia Foundation Student Grant. This is the 23rd year students have been able to apply for support of their photojournalism proposals. The purpose of the grant has remained the same since the beginning, to give grants to photographers to produce stories that drive change – that foster peace and cultural understanding.
To celebrate the 23rd year of powerful stories and impassioned proposals, the photo of today is from the very first winning student project which was by Tamara Voninski in 1991. Her story, “One of the Boys,” documented the life of a female farmhand who struggles to prove herself the equal of her male coworkers.
Like numerous other Alexia grantees, Tamara has gone on to have a notable career in photojournalism. For the past 20 years, Voninski has concentrated on quirky, off-beat documentary photographic essays from around the world. She based herself in Sydney in 1998 where her book length documentary projects have focused on dream-like black and white street photography in Australia and a series of photographic stories depicting the spirit of the people of Polynesia and their diverse culture. Her award winning photographs have been exhibited widely throughout Australia and overseas. As well, Tamara is one of the founding members of Oculi.