About Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength — not our weakness. Through grants and scholarships, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.

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

Apply Now for The Alexia 2018 Grants

The Alexia Foundation is now accepting applications for The Alexa 2018 Professional and Student Grants. The winner of the The Alexia Professional Grant will receive $20,000 to produce his or her proposed story. The First Place winner of The Alexia Student Grant will receive a cash grant of $1,000 to produce the proposed story, funding for a semester at Syracuse University and $500 will be awarded to the wining student’s academic department.

To apply, submit a body of work of up to 20 photos, a project synopsis of 25 words, a proposal of 750 words and a resume. Full time employees also must submit written permission from their employers granting them a leave of absence of approximately three months over the course of a year. Students must be fully engaged in a college, university or community college level program at the time of their submission. Continue reading

Final Chance To Make Your 2017 Tax-Deductible Donation

2017 is nearly over. You only have three more days to make a tax-deductible donation to The Alexia Foundation by the deadline of midnight, Jan. 31 for the 2017 tax year.

We are so proud of what we have accomplished in 2017. We are grateful to you, our supporters, for making it happen. Now, during the coldest, darkest days of the year, we look forward to the powerful photography we will support in the coming year. We invite you to join us in our journey and be a part of photography that drives change in 2018.

Don’t wait any longer. Make a donation to The Alexia Foundation today. Continue reading

Today, We Remember Alexia

Today, we remember Alexia Tsairis, who was tragically murdered in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988 as she returned home from her study abroad semester in London along with 34 other Syracuse University students who were among the 270 people killed in the attack.

The Alexia Foundation was founded to celebrate and remember Alexia. In her memory, we have awarded over 156 professional and student grants totaling over $1 million dollars. If you would like to be a part of this remembrance and support photojournalism that gives voice to social injustice, respects history lest we forget it and helps us understand cultural difference as our strength, please give generously to The Alexia Foundation this holiday season. Continue reading

Will You Be A Part of Stories That Drive Change?

“The Alexia Professional Grant has enabled me to commit to a topic and project wholeheartedly, allowing me to dig deep into the stories I am discovering. As an emerging photographer, the Alexia Professional Grant has empowered me not only financially, but also with the support of a network of individuals offering community, critique and support,” says Sarah Blesener, recipient of The Alexia 2017 Professional Grant.

Our $20,000 Professional Grant is a lifeline for serious documentary photographers. It gives our grantees the time and space to profoundly examine a topic and reveal both the essence and the breadth of today’s most pressing issues. Grants like The Alexia are not luxuries: they are necessities that allow for the telling of the stories that help us understand world and push us to make it better. Will you join us in making these grants possible?
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Announcing The Alexia 2018 Call for Entries

The Alexia Foundation is excited to formally announce that we will begin accepting entries for The Alexia 2018 Grants on Jan. 7, 2018. The Alexia Foundation awards grants to student and professional visual journalists to help them produce projects that inspire change by addressing topics that are socially significant.

“If you’re producing work that makes a difference, that reveals the little known, that touches lives in a way that elevates our perceptions and understanding, then you are the perfect applicant for an Alexia Grant,” says Syracuse University Alexia Chair and Grant Administrator, Mike Davis. “All the more so if your efforts embolden others to bring about change for the better.” Continue reading

Sarah Blesener Sweeps the Publishing World This Weekend

Alexia 2017 Professional Winner and 2016 Student Winner Sarah Blesener is having an incredible weekend. Extensive work from her both of her Alexia projects is being published in print and online this weekend in National Geographic, California Sunday and The New York Times.

The Alexia Foundation could not be prouder to support her important work. We are thrilled to see all of these chapters widely published, reaching millions across nation, and bringing important conversations about youth, patriotism and nationalism to the fore. Be sure to pick up your copies of this outstanding work tomorrow. Continue reading

Quest for Honesty And Integrity Is More Vital Than Ever

It is thanks to your generous donations that The Alexia Foundation has had one of our most impactful years to date. Our winners are telling pressing stories thanks to your support. We are writing to celebrate this year, and to ask you to help us make 2018 even more impressive.

At a time when the quest for honesty and integrity has become more vital than ever, The Alexia Foundation is unwavering in its commitment to photojournalism. We believe it is a strong force – bringing us closer to the world we inhabit, stirring compassion and driving action. As we prepare to award our 2018 grants, we ask, do you stand with us?

If you believe in the power of photojournalism to drive change and change lives, as we do, please give generously to The Alexia Foundation this year. Continue reading

The First Ever Alexia Print Sale Has Launched

This holiday season, we are offering a curated selection of stunning prints from Alexia grant recipients past and present.

In purchasing a print from this collection, you will receive a beautiful work of art from today’s photographic luminaries, while also making possible tomorrow’s most important photojournalism. These works are important additions to any serious collection of photography, and make spectacular gifts. Continue reading

Louie Palu on War and Photography

Louie Palu began working in Afghanistan in 2006 and was awarded The Alexia Professional Grant in 2010 for Kandahar, a project examines the cultural, historical and contemporary significance of Kandahar and its people within the region and the current Afghan state. Since that time, he has exhibited the work he did in Afghanistan widely, was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and has produced two major works on the conflict in Afghanistan, the documentary film “Kandahar Journals” in 2015, and “Front Towards Enemy,” a just published deconstructed photo book that conveys the chaos of war and the ways media influences our perception of armed conflicts.

In this new Q&A with Palu, we explore the meaning and purpose of his work, as well as the advice he has for others who would like to follow in his steps. Continue reading