Join Us for Answers to Alexia Application Questions

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As of today, the deadline for The Alexia 2017 professional grant is two weeks away. You only have until 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time on Jan. 31 to submit your proposals for the $20,000 grant. Students have only until Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time to submit. We realize that as you refine your proposals and prepare your edits, you may have questions. We want to help.

Mike Davis will be running a Facebook live event this Thursday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time to answer questions you might have relating to the grant and the application process. Continue reading

Apply Now for the 2017 Alexia Grants

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As of today, The Alexia Foundation is accepting applications for both its Professional Grant and its Student Grants. The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

Learn more and start preparing your materials today. Continue reading

Addressing Today’s Most Compelling Issues

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Over the course of the past 6 months, powerful photography by our grant winners has traveled the world, stirring audiences in the U.S., China, India, New Zealand and Australia. Today, even more important plans are in motion.

Will you help us address today’s most compelling issues and prepare tomorrow’s photojournalists for the challenges of the future? Continue reading

UPDATE: Mary F. Calvert’s “Missing in Action: Homeless Women Veterans”

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Today is the last day of Mary F. Calvert’s Alexia Foundation Instagram take over. All this past week, she has been sharing powerful images and the moving stories of women, whose brutal sexual assaults while in the U.S. Military resulted in their homelessness.

In this post, we talk about some of the recognition Calvert’s work has received, why her project is so important, and “Prisoners of War: Male on Male Rape in America’s Military,” the current stage of her long term work on Military Sexual Trauma. Continue reading

Rahul Talukder Alexia Instagram Take Over With “Collapse of Rana Plaza”

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All this past week, Rahul Talukder has been sharing images from his powerful, ongoing project, “Collapse of Rana Plaza.” Talukder received the 2015 Alexia Student First Runner-Up Grant to work on this project.

Ralukder’s work follows those impacted by the tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse to help the world understand that the repercussions from one of the world’s worst ever industrial accidents are ongoing. He shows us those still mourning lost family members, those for whom the mental scars still resonate, and those for whom severe injuries still make a normal life impossible three years later.

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Pushing Boundaries and Transcending Borders

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After a screening of The Long Night, The Blue Stocking Institute, a small collective that focuses on raising awareness about gender inequality and gender based violence, was so moved that they raised money to support The Alexia Foundation.

“We wish the Alexia Foundation all the best in the future and hope that you can continue to support artists such as Tim, and cinematic work that pushes boundaries and transcends borders,” they wrote us.

On this Giving Tuesday, we hope that if you too have been moved by one of our projects, you will give generously to The Alexia Foundation, a 501c3 organization. With your support, we can continue to make possible stories like The Long Night that drive change. Continue reading

Santiago’s “Stolen Lives, Stolen Future” in NYTimes, Scientific American and Instagram

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Michael Santiago’s 2015 First Place Student Winning Stolen Lives, Stolen Future has been featured by both The New York Times and Scientific American. The project documents the experience of Black farmers in the U.S. His work tells of the pride of but also the decline of the African-American farmer, much of which was driven first by unjust traditions, such as sharecropping, and later by racially discriminatory loan practices, particularly by the USDA.

Santiago is taking over the Alexia Instagram feed this week with images from the project. Continue reading

Matt Eich Launches Monograph, Takes Over Instagram

Ritchie Goins Jr. watches from the window of his parents' trailer as cinderblocks are brought in as the foundation for his grandmother's new trailer. Leetha Goins and her children Timmy, 25, Troy, 16, and grandson Will, for whom she cares, were displaced when a drunk driver swerved off the road and crashed into their trailer.  Matt Eich/Alexia Foundation

“This place is a microcosm of a story that plays out around our country and around the world. History repeats itself. Our collective memory favors the convenience of amnesia over acknowledging the damage that we continue to inflict upon ourselves. Photography is the antidote. This collection of images is my love song to Ohio.” -Matt Eich

Eight years ago, Matt Eich won the First Place Alexia Student Grant for “Carry Me Ohio.” Today, that project, which he worked on over the course of 10 years, is available as a monograph from Sturm & Drang books. Continue reading

Souvid Datta Awarded 2016 Visura Photojournalism Award

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Alexia Grant recipient Souvid Datta has been awarded the 2016 Visura Photojournalism Grant for Vanishing Girls of West Bengal. The project explores the socio-economic contexts that perpetuate child trafficking. The story was supported, in part, by his 2013 Alexia Award of Excellence grant.

2016 Alexia Award of Excellence winner Sarah Blesener was a one of 12 finalists for the Visura grant for Toy Soldiers. Continue reading