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

Early Bird Pricing for Miami Seminar Ends April 1

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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

Mike Davis: Stories That Drive Change Speaker Highlight

Carlos Javier Ortiz, Sarah Leen, Mike Davis, Alexia Chair at Syracuse University, Julia Dolan, Aphrodite and Peter Tsairis at The Alexia 2015 judging.

Mike Davis is a legend and a genius. He is responsible for some of the most important photo editing of our time and has led some of the most important photography teams journalism has ever assembled.

Mike currently holds the Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He teaches advanced storytelling classes, runs the Alexia Foundation Grants competition and creates special initiatives while continuing to work with photographers the world over as a picture editor.

For Latin America: Stories That Drive Change, Mike will be explaining what grants are available and how to successfully apply for them based on his extensive experience administering The Alexia grants, as a jury member for a variety of grants and as a photo editor, who has guided numerous photographers to success. In his break-out session, he will be discussing how to select and sequence images for maximum impact, achieving the third effect that results from the successful interplay of two images.
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Mia Tramz: Stories That Drive Change Speaker Highlight

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The next incredible speaker for Latin America: Stories That Drive Change we would like to feature is Mia Tramz. Mia is the Managing Editor of LIFE VR, Time Inc’s company wide virtual reality initiative, responsible for developing and producing original experiences across the the media company’s 30+ titles, including TIME, Sports Illustrated, People, InStyle, Essence, and Travel + Leisure.

Tramz is truly a leader and revolutionary thinker in the development of Virtual Reality and 360 video. We are honored to have Mia on our Alexia Photojournalism Advisory Council and thrilled to be able to bring her to our Latin America: Stories That Drive Change seminar where she will be discussing and demonstrating VR and 360 video. Continue reading

Ami Vitale: Stories That Drive Change Speaker Highlight

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The Alexia Foundation visual storytelling seminar Latin America: Stories That Drive Change takes place in exactly one month, on April 8 and 9 at The University of Miami. To celebrate that event, we are going to feature each of our speakers with a special post on our blog. The first presenter we would like to highlight is Ami Vitale, a National Geographic photographer, a Nikon Ambassador, and a two time recipient of The Alexia grant. Continue reading

Register Now for Latin America: Stories That Drive Change

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We, at The Alexia Foundation, are busy preparing for our upcoming seminar Latin America: Stories That Drive Change. The seminar will take place April 8 & 9 at The University of Miami in Miami, Florida. It’s time to start making your plans to be there.

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. Continue reading

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

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 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.

The University of Miami School of Communication, The Knight Foundation, PhotoWings and Nikon are co-sponsors of this event. Continue reading

Reza to Speak at Syracuse University

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Photojournalist and humanitarian Reza will be delivering a talk this coming Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 5.30-7 p.m. at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. The talk, entitled, The Power of Photography for Humanity: Connecting Cultures, Connecting Communities, Connecting Hearts, will be held in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium of Newhouse 3. Continue reading

Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict

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The first ever conference of its kind, Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict, will be held on October 6 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

The focus of this daylong event will be accountability in the Syrian conflict. Policy makers and media leaders will analyze the international community’s response to the Syrian conflict as well as discuss the challenges in reporting the war, developing political solutions and seeking justice for victims. Award-winning photography and 360° video from the region will be shown.

All events are free. The public is invited to attend.
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