On Honesty and Integrity: Statement on the Removal of Souvid Datta’s Work From Our Website

The Alexia Foundation has long been a leader in helping photographers pursue their passion to develop serious documentary photographic projects. We have proudly funded student and professional photographers for more than 27 years.

One of those students was Souvid Datta who received a student Award of Excellence Grant in 2013. The grant was $500 in cash and up to $1,500 to attend an educational workshop. Through a series of recent developments Mr. Datta has admitted that he manipulated many photographic images and that he stole images from other photographers and incorporated them into his own.

The founders and the board of directors of the Alexia Foundation have removed Mr. Datta’s images from the foundation’s website and they will not be reposted. Continue reading

Announcing the Recipients of The Alexia 2017 Grants

Students train in firearms at the Historical-War Camp, in Borodino, Russia. 24 July 2016. Borodino is famous for a battle fought on 7 Sep 1812 - the deadliest day of the Napoleonic Wars. 350 adolescents are in attendance, ranging in ages from 11 to 16. They are using air-soft guns for the practice and competition. The camp teaches information about the basic kinds of weapons, bases and firing rules,  sniper rifles, and different type of weapons. Sarah Blesener/Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of The Alexia 2017 grant competition. The recipient of The Alexia $20,000 professional grant is Sarah Blesener of New York for Toy Soldiers, which documents rising nationalism among youth in the U.S.

The recipient of The Alexia student grant is Monica Jorge of The International Center of Photography for My Grandfather’s Keeper, which documents the sacrifices of senior spouses unprepared for caretaking. The student award of excellence recipients are Camillo Pasquarelli, David Denil, Riel Sturchio and Joy Yi. Continue reading

Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Update from the Amazon

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The controversial Belo Monte mega dam has been in planning for over three decades. After being halted by indigenous protests and international outcry in the late 80’s it was redesigned and pushed through with construction beginning in 2012 amidst renewed protest.

Today the dam is mostly complete blocking the unique environment of a part of the Xingu known as the Big Bend. Numerous indigenous tribes and riverine communities in the region have been impacted and one third of the city of Altamira has been permanently flooded by the nearby Belo Monte Dam displacing over 20,000 people.

In this latest post, we are sharing the stories and knowledge Aaron Vincent Elkaim recounted in his recent Alexia Foundation Instagram take over. Continue reading

Pablo Corral Vega: Stories That Drive Change Speaker Highlight

Photo by Pablo Corral Vega.

The next tremendous speaker we would like to highlight from our upcoming Latin America: Stories That Drive Change seminar in Miami is Pablo Corral Vega, one of the most important individuals in photojournalism today. Corral is the founder and director … Continue reading

Remarks from Our Founder in The Alexia’s 27th Year

Ed Kashi, Keith Jenkins and Amy Pereira review projects during the judging of The Alexia 2017 competition. Photo by Mike Davis.

These weekend, we concluded the judging for The Alexia grant for the 27th year. As is tradition, co-founder Aphrodite Tsairis closed the competition with her thoughts on the process. We wanted to share her moving and perceptive remarks with you…

“Each year we learn through this competition that photography is more than a means of expression; it is a different way of seeing, one that treats each moment as something irreplaceable.

Each photographer’s work we viewed today whether they were students or professionals – each one was, in the words of the great Alfred Eisenstaedt, struggling ‘to find and catch the storytelling moment.'” Continue reading

Early Bird Pricing for Miami Seminar Ends April 1

Photo by Mauricio Lima, Winner of POYLatam 2015, provided by POYLatam.

Latin America: Stories That Drive Change is promising to be an inspiring and dynamic event. Taking place April 8 & 9 at the University of Miami School of Communication, the seminar will feature talks by the best in their fields, break-out sessions to go in-depth on areas of interest and project reviews to refine grant applications. Plus, we’ll are hosting a special reception on Saturday, April 8 where we will announce the winners of The Alexia 2017 grants.

Currently, the price to attend Latin America: Stories That Drive Change is $95. That price is only valid until this Saturday, March 25 at midnight. Register now to lock in this price. After Friday, the cost for the seminar will rise to $110. Continue reading

Join Us For The Alexia 2017 Judging at Syracuse

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We would like to invite you to join us for the judging of The Alexia 2017 grants which will take place at Syracuse University March 24 and 25 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. The judges will be Keith Jenkins, Ed Kashi and Amy Pereira. Judging will be moderated by Mike Davis.

The Alexia grant selection weekend is a time of great insight and incredible photography. You will be inspired. Continue reading

The Alexia Student Deadline is Nearly Here

Abandoned pandit (Kashmiri Hindu) homes in the town of Hall. Many pandit families left the Valley due to fear of inter-communal violence during the war in the early 1990s and have never returned.  (Spring 2013) Nathaniel Brunt, The Alexia 2016 Student Winner

Student photojournalists have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to submit their proposals for The Alexia 2017 student grants. Our grants enable current college student photojournalists to produce substantial bodies of work that promote world peace and cultural understanding. Continue reading

Announcing The Alexia 2017 Grant Judging

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The Alexia Foundation would like to invite you to join us for the judging of The Alexia grants 2017 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 National Geographic’s Keith Jenkins, Photographer and Filmmaker Ed Kashi, and Photography Director and Curator Ami Periera. The judging will be moderated by Syracuse University’s Alexia Tsairis Chair of Documentary Photography Mike Davis.

We hope you will be able to join us for what is always a compelling weekend of discussions about documentary photography and using images to drive change.
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