The Women's Initiative
In every country in the world, women are being abused, trafficked,
bartered, sold, burned by fire and acid and killed, sometimes by their own families,
for “honor” or anger.
The Alexia Foundation, recognizing that most of the time abuse of women
in the United States is hidden, rationalized, ignored, and sometimes worst of
all, quietly accepted by the women being abused, has created a grant to provide
resources for a photojournalist to produce a project that illuminates any form
of abuse of women in the United States but with global significance.
The Alexia Foundation’s main purpose is to encourage and help
photojournalists create stories that drive change. While our traditional grant
guidelines put no limits on the subject matter for grant proposals, a few
proposals about women’s rights in the last few years have been so powerful that
they have compelled the Foundation to create a grant specifically on the issue
of women’s abuse. Because this issue is
so shocking and deplorable – but continues partly because it is so often unseen
or ignored – the Foundation will provide a $25,000 grant so a project can be produced
that will illuminate the horrors of what is happening, often invisibly in our
We invite proposals from any photojournalist anywhere in the world, to
be submitted by August 15, 2012.
We will notify the winner by email or telephone by October 1, 2012.
The winner will have six months or until April 1 to complete the
Any photographer may apply for
this grant. This award is for an
individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.
We prefer proposals for stories
that have not been published. We welcome proposals for projects already in
progress. And we will gladly consider
proposals for stories that further expand and develop concepts that have been
A well-written statement of
purpose proposal is required. This is not a portfolio competition. The grant
will be awarded to a photojournalist who can write a concise, focused, and
meaningful story proposal concerning women’s abuse and who can demonstrate the
ability to visually execute that story with compelling images. There is no
mathematical formula for determining grantees, but the proposal and photography
must both be considered of the highest quality.
The Alexia Foundation expects to
assist the photographer in creating a multimedia production of the finished
work. This can be done with still pictures only, but we encourage proposals
with video components as well as still images.
Professional applications will be
judged in two rounds. First, members of the Alexia photojournalism advisory board,
the Alexia Board and its executive advisors will review portfolios and move
those demonstrating strongest visual storytelling skills to a second
In the second round, judges first
read and rank the story proposals for all those portfolios brought forward. If
no judge thinks the proposal is worth considering, the portfolio will not be
reviewed in the second round. A winner is chosen based on the judges'
determination of the combination of the strongest proposal and photography.
Application for this grant is done
. An application shall be composed of the following:
A proposal of
not more than 750 words for a photo story, picture essay, or photo-documentary
project that explains your idea for a project that will increase our knowledge
and understanding of the horrors of women’s abuse. Anything over 750 words will
be cut. Judges will only see the first 750 words.
Our traditional annual grant is
judged anonymously. This competition is not. Please put your name on your work.
Only one application per person.
A summary of
the main idea of your project consisting of no more than 25 words.
consisting of no more than twenty pictures, with captions. Or, you may submit
multimedia presentations as your portfolio. You may submit both stills and
multimedia if you want.
A resume. Be
sure to include your email address, phone numbers and mailing address. Also
include names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references with your
resume. Do not send letters of recommendation.
Portfolio Format and Requirements
Applications must be submitted
through our online application process.
(If you find it impossible to enter
online, contact email@example.com and we will find a way to get your
entry into our system.)
Applications must be received by 5
p.m. EST, August 15, 2012.
Use the Alexia competition entry
to submit your application. Be prepared with text files of your 750 word
proposal and your resume, and have digital photo files formatted as
medium-quality JPEG images at no more than 1024x768 pixels for landscape, or
768x1024 pixels for verticals, 72dpi. Each image must have a caption. We read captions
from file info, or you can insert captions during the entry process.
To enter multimedia, enter a URL
Requirements on Winners
Recipients of any awards agree
that credit to the Alexia Foundation be given on publication of the funded
The Alexia Foundation expects to
create a multimedia production with assistance from the grant winner. We will
need access to the broadest possible edit of your work, including video if
possible, since a multimedia presentation could possibly use 200 or more images. So please send DVDs with all your useful
images. Also include as much video as
you can. Please include a separate disk
with your best 20 still images cropped and toned. These will be used for any
show of still photographs. All images
submitted should be of the highest possible resolution.
Grant of Rights
All applicants acknowledge and
agree that effective with the awarding of each Alexia Grant, the Foundation
shall have a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free license to copy, publish,
distribute and display, in any medium and in any publication, venue or program
sponsored or authorized by the Foundation for the advancement of its mission
and goals, any and all photographs submitted with each winning application.
Each applicant warrants and represents that every photograph submitted with
such applicant's Alexia Grant entry is his/her own original work and that
he/she has the unrestricted right to grant to the Foundation the license
will be awarded subject to these additional terms:
The license granted herein by the
recipient to the Foundation for use of photographs submitted with the
recipient's Alexia Grant application shall be extended in all its terms to all
works created by the recipient in the course of any project funded by the
recipient's Alexia Grant.
Each recipient shall be deemed to
have consented to the use of his/her name, portrait, and/or picture by the
Foundation in promotional and public relations materials or for any other
purpose related to the Alexia Grant program or the Foundation.
Each recipient shall agree to reasonable
requests by the Foundation to present such recipient's work and/or represent
the Foundation at photography workshops, seminars and/or conventions, provided
that any necessary expense associated with such presentations is paid by the
shall be responsible for determining his or her own tax liability arising from
acceptance of the Alexia Grant, and for satisfaction of any such liability.