22nd Annual Alexia Judging Weekend at Syracuse University

“Dee Dee”, 24, center, feels sick due to her pregnancy and is consoled by her baby’s father. She successfully gave birth the next day to her fourth child. Dee Dee hasn’t had a stable place to live with her children for over the last year. The majority of this time they stayed at her brother’s house on the couch and are now staying with the father a number of her children in his family’s home. Photo from last year’s professional winner Justin Maxon’s portfolio.

Feb. 1, 2013 marked the close of the 22nd annual Alexia Foundation call for proposals. The 2013 competition was a banner year for proposals for the professional and student grants. This year, we had a record 422 professional applications for the professional grant, and 122 applications for the student grant. Professional applications were more than double the previous year’s 192 applications, and student applications were up 50 percent from the previous year’s 81.

Applications came in from across the US and around the world, with postulants from myriad countries, including China, the Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Bangladesh, France, Israel, Italy, Iran, Japan, and many more.

The annual judging weekend will take place at Syracuse University, Feb. 22-23. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all of the weekend’s events and festivities. Judges this year are National Geographic Photographer Lynn Johnson, Getty Senior Staff Photographer John Moore and retired Newsday Director of Photography and current Alexia Foundation Executive Administrator, James Dooley.

The weekend will begin with an Alexia Photo Seminar at 4 p.m., Feb. 22 in Room 101 in Newhouse 1 with talks by judges John Moore and Lynn Johnson.  

The competition judging will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23 starting at 10 a.m. Saturday in Room 101 in Newhouse 1. The weekend’s events will close with the annual chili competition which starts at 7 p.m.

Follow the Alexia Foundation on twitter and like us on Facebook to receive live updates from judging weekend. Check in often and participate across social networks with hashtag #alexiajudging. Winners will be announced on the website Mar. 1, 2013.

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