The Alexia Student Grants: Nathaniel Brunt on his Syracuse Semester

Perhaps the most important opportunity the First Place Student Grant offers is tuition for a semester at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Not only does this portion of the prize recall Alexia Tsairis, but it is also equivalent to a semester-long fellowship or residency at Syracuse. It is a time to take classes in areas of interest, work on projects and further develop skills with the support of a world-class faculty. The semester does not need to be a part of a degree seeking sequence.

“The experience of being at Syracuse University has allowed me to connect with an amazing range of professors, editors, and photographers. This has opened up opportunities and allowed me to expand my professional academic and photographic network,” said 2016 Alexia Student Winner Nathaniel Brunt, reflecting on what his Alexia funded semester meant for him.

“I am also profoundly thankful for the opportunity to work under the guidance of Mike Davis, which has been a formative experience for me as both a visual storyteller and educator,” added Brunt.

The deadline for The Alexia 2018 Student Grants is Mar. 1. We encourage all photography students to understand and apply for this incredible experience today. Continue reading

One Day Remains for Apply for The Alexia Professional Grant

The deadline for The Alexia $20,000 Professional Grant is tomorrow, Feb. 1. at 11.59 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time. The Alexia Professional Grant is meant to allow a visual journalist produce a project that inspires change by addressing topics that are socially significant.

We look forward to reading your compelling proposals and seeing your powerful images. We thank you for your contribution to our competition and to the world at large. Continue reading

With 1 Week Left to Apply for The Alexia Professional Grant, Chair Mike Davis Offers Advice

There is only one week remaining to submit your application for The Alexia $20,000 Professional Documentary Photography Grant. The deadline for the Professional Grant is Feb. 1 at 11.59 p.m. EST. (Students have until Mar. 1.)

As you enter into the final application period, we have advice and encouragement for you. This past Friday, Syracuse University Alexia Tsairis Chair of Documentary Photography Mike Davis spent an hour answering questions from applicants just like you in a Facebook Live Session. He addressed straightforward issues, and also reflected on image selection and proposal writing.

Expressing gratitude to all applicants for their work, Davis concluded “If you do submit, I want to thank you for doing so. I look at and I read every proposal. I am looking forward to everything you do, have done and will do.” Continue reading

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

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

Alexia Recipient Camillo Pasquarelli on his Kalish Workshop

Each year, student recipients are given the opportunity to attend one of three given workshops in addition to their $500 cash grant. Over the summer, Camillo Pasquarelli, one of the recipients of The Alexia 2017 Award of Excellence grant, used his prize to attend The Kalish Workshop.

For Pasquarelli, The Kalish allowed him to understand what working in a newsroom is like, taught him how to better interact with his photo editors, showed him the power of working together to push the boundaries of storytelling and introduced him to new colleagues with whom he is excited to work. Continue reading

AE Winner Kelly Creedon on her MediaStorm Workshop

In the latest installment of blog posts on the educational opportunities our student grant winners receive, we want to focus on the MediaStorm One-Day Master Class. For Kelly Creedon, a 2015 Award of Excellence Winner, the Master Class was a time to explore the theory and methodology of MediaStorm’s unique documentary style and approach.

“For me, I think the most valuable lessons from the workshop were the behind-the-scenes insights into the process of making some of the MediaStorm pieces,” said Creedon. “While I had already seen many of the final products, it was so enlightening to understand the many challenges and hard choices that went into forming the polished pieces.” Continue reading