Announcing Latin America: Stories That Drive Change Seminar in Miami

Tixtla, Guerrero, Mexico, February 7th, 2015: Angel, tries to grab a balloon that his aunt brought home from work. His father, Adan Abrajan de la Cruz, had disappeared 6 months before, along with 42 other students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers School in Guerrero, Mexico, never to be seen again. Photo © Adriana Zehbrauskas

Tixtla, Guerrero, Mexico, February 7th, 2015: Angel, tries to grab a balloon that his aunt brought home from work. His father, Adan Abrajan de la Cruz, had disappeared 6 months before, along with 42 other students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers School in Guerrero, Mexico, never to be seen again. Photo © Adriana Zehbrauskas

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the Latin America: Stories That Drive Change Seminar at The University of Miami in Miami, Florida on April 8 and 9. The University of Miami School of Communication, The Knight Foundation, PhotoWings and Nikon are co-sponsors of this event.

The seminar will be an opportunity to share and celebrate photojournalism by Latin American and Latino journalists. It will also help all visual journalists learn how to better develop and support their own work.

Attendees will:

  • see the best photography by Latin American and Latino photographers
  • learn about developing relationships and working with photo editors at the world’s top publications
  • gain understanding about using Instagram to further reach
  • learn how VR can be incorporated into one’s own work
  • learn how to successfully apply for numerous grant opportunities
  • be inspired to develop passion projects and find one’s own photographic voice

 

Speakers include National Geographic Photographer Ami Vitale, National Geographic Photographer and Quito Cultural Minister Pablo Corral Vega, Syracuse University’s Alexia Tsairis Chair of Documentary Photography Mike Davis, Photographer and Inaugural Getty Instagram Grant Winner Adriana Zehbrauskas, Managing Editor of LIFE VR, TIME Inc’s New Virtual Reality Brand, Mia Tramz and National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Photography Whitney Johnson.

The seminar will be moderated by Rich Beckman, Director of the Graduate Program for Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

After a morning of talks, speakers and Alexia Photojournalism Advisory Council members will lead individual break out sessions to go further in-depth into issues. For instance, Mike Davis will discuss selecting and sequencing images, Mickey Osterreicher will talk about enforcing one’s right to record and photograph, and Mia Tramz will show participants how VR works and discuss shooting it. You will be given the opportunity to sign up 3 out of 6 break out sessions two weeks prior to the seminar.

Following the break-out sessions, The Alexia Foundation will host a special mixer, where work by two former winners will be showcased. 2016 Professional Winner Aaron Vincent Elkaim will discuss his work on the destruction Brazil’s hydroelectric dam boom is having on the Amazon River basin. 2014 Women’s Initiative Winner Mary F. Calvert will talk about her long-term work documenting sexual assault in the U.S. Military. The Alexia Foundation will also be announcing the winners of The Alexia 2017 grants at the mixer.

A limited number of reviews for people who produce projects that match the mission of the Alexia Grants will be available in the morning of Sunday, April 9. Reviewers will give you feedback on one project; this is not intended to be a portfolio review in the typical sense of presenting a range of work you’ve produced. Please indicate in the seminar application form if you are interested in applying. We will have sign up sheets available for the project reviews on April 8.

The cost for the seminar is $95 if you register by April 1, $110, if you register after April 1. Lunch, coffee breaks and an evening mixer are included in the price of the seminar. Please make plans to join us April 8 and 9 in Miami.

Sign Up Now!

We have set up a special room rate of $149/night for a limited number of attendees at the nearby Courtyard Marriott in Coconut Grove. The discounted rooms will be available for booking until Mar. 10. You can book directly at the link:  Latin America Seminar at University of Miami – Attendees Room Block Apr2017.

Download Latin America: Stories That Drive Change Schedule

For questions about Latin America: Stories That Drive Change, please contact Eileen Mignoni at eileen@alexiafoundation.org.

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