Announcing The Alexia 2019 Competition

Shawncina in a corn field. Both of Shawncina’s parents have passed away due to alcohol related illnesses. Crow HIll, Spirit Lake. North Dakota. August, 2014. Rena Effendi/Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce that we will begin accepting applications for our 2019 competition on Sept. 4, 2019. The deadline for the 2019 professional and student competition will be Sept. 30, 2019. The Alexia recognizes photographic bodies of work that may elevate understanding of the human condition, give light to what is not right and celebrate the best of humanity’s spirit.

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 and funding for a semester at Syracuse University. The First Place grant is equivalent to a semester-long fellowship or residency at Syracuse University, taking three classes, working on projects and further developing skills with the support of a world-class faculty.

Two student finalists will receive: $500 and may attend a Momenta Workshop or MediaStorm one day workshop and a four day workshop during the calendar year after being named a finalist.

Student eligibility has changed for the 2019 competition. Any student who is currently enrolled, or who graduated in May 2019 or is currently on an internship will be eligible to apply.

Applying for Student Grants are free. There is a $50 application for the Professional Grant Application. Judging will take place on Nov. 9, 2019 at the Bronx Documentary Center. Winners will be announced on approximately Nov. 19.

For inspiration and advice preparing your application, please see Syracuse Alexia Chair Mike Davis’s advice on crafting a successful grant application, which includes his latest Facebook Live Q&A on the matter and also 5 Tips for Better Alexia Grant Proposals from National Geographic’s Sarah Leen. Further, all of the proposals and portfolios from our 30 year legacy are available to read online at Dig in and see exactly what a winning Alexia application looks like.

Learn more about the grants and read the full rules at

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