Announcing The Alexia 2017 Grant Judging

The Alexia 2017 judges are National Geographic's Keith Jenkins, Photographer and Filmmaker Ed Kashi and Photography Director and Curator Amy Periera.

The Alexia 2017 judges are National Geographic’s Keith Jenkins, Photographer and Filmmaker Ed Kashi and Photography Director and Curator Amy Pereira.

The Alexia Foundation would like to invite you to join us for the judging of The Alexia 2017 grants on Mar. 24 and 25 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The Alexia competition is unique in that the proposal is given equal weight to the images. What one is planning to do is as important as what one has shown him or herself able to do with imagery. The Alexia 2017 judges are Keith Jenkins, Ed Kashi and Amy Pereira. The judging will be moderated by Syracuse University’s Alexia Tsairis Chair of Documentary Photography, Mike Davis.

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 npr.org. Before that, he spent thirteen years at The Washington Post, working in various roles including staff photographer, first photography director of washingtonpost.com, photography editor of The Washington Post Magazine, and deputy assistant managing editor for photography at the newspaper.

Please plan to join us for a compelling weekend of documentary photography and its power to drive change

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. Along with numerous awards from World Press Photo, POYi, and other prestigious institutions, Kashi’s images have been published and exhibited worldwide. He has produced eight books, including Photojournalisms, Curse of the Black Gold, Aging in America, and THREE. Through his photography and filmmaking, along with his work as a mentor, teacher and lecturer, Kashi is a leading voice in the photojournalism and visual storytelling community.

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, “Continental Drift” in partnership with Magnum Photos about the global migrant crisis and “Political Theatre” by Mark Peterson which followed the 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to that she was a longtime senior photo editor at Newsweek International and the editor of multiple books of photography.

Judging of the The Alexia student grants will begin on Friday, Mar. 24 at 9 a.m. From 2-5 p.m, each of the judges will give a talk about their work. Judging will reconvene on Saturday, Mar. 25 at 9 a.m. when judges will finish any remaining student grant evaluations. They will then move on to determine the winner of The Alexia $20,000 professional grant.

Please plan to join us for what is always a compelling weekend of discussions about documentary photography and its power to drive change. If you can’t be there in person, follow along with #alexiagrant on twitter.

Winners will be announced on Friday, April 7 at a special ceremony in Miami, FL.

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