Sarah Blesener: Lumix Festival Exhibitor and International Photographer of the Year

2017 Alexia Professional Winner Sarah Blesener has been selected to be one of 60 exhibitors at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists. Taking place from June 20-June 24th in Hanover, Germany, the festival attests to the power of photojournalism in our image-oriented world.

She has been selected the International Photographer of the Year, for “Beckon Us From Home.” She received a $2500 cash prize in recognition for her outstanding work. International Photographer of the Year is dedicated to creating new opportunities to showcase the best photographic work and introduce leading talents to the world of contemporary photography. Continue reading

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

Sarah Blesener’s “Beckon Us From Home” at Anastasia Photo

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to share the news that Sarah Blesener’s 2017 Alexia Professional Grant project, “Beckon Us From Home,” will be on display at New York City’s Anastasia Gallery Feb. 20-April 1. The Artist’s Reception is Feb. 27.

We are proud to have been able to support this work and we look forward to seeing reach the prestigious platform of Anastasia Photo. We hope you will find time this spring to see the work in person. 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

Final Chance To Make Your 2017 Tax-Deductible Donation

2017 is nearly over. You only have three more days to make a tax-deductible donation to The Alexia Foundation by the deadline of midnight, Jan. 31 for the 2017 tax year.

We are so proud of what we have accomplished in 2017. We are grateful to you, our supporters, for making it happen. Now, during the coldest, darkest days of the year, we look forward to the powerful photography we will support in the coming year. We invite you to join us in our journey and be a part of photography that drives change in 2018.

Don’t wait any longer. Make a donation to The Alexia Foundation today. Continue reading

Today, We Remember Alexia

Today, we remember Alexia Tsairis, who was tragically murdered in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988 as she returned home from her study abroad semester in London along with 34 other Syracuse University students who were among the 270 people killed in the attack.

The Alexia Foundation was founded to celebrate and remember Alexia. In her memory, we have awarded over 156 professional and student grants totaling over $1 million dollars. If you would like to be a part of this remembrance and support photojournalism that gives voice to social injustice, respects history lest we forget it and helps us understand cultural difference as our strength, please give generously to The Alexia Foundation this holiday season. Continue reading

Will You Be A Part of Stories That Drive Change?

“The Alexia Professional Grant has enabled me to commit to a topic and project wholeheartedly, allowing me to dig deep into the stories I am discovering. As an emerging photographer, the Alexia Professional Grant has empowered me not only financially, but also with the support of a network of individuals offering community, critique and support,” says Sarah Blesener, recipient of The Alexia 2017 Professional Grant.

Our $20,000 Professional Grant is a lifeline for serious documentary photographers. It gives our grantees the time and space to profoundly examine a topic and reveal both the essence and the breadth of today’s most pressing issues. Grants like The Alexia are not luxuries: they are necessities that allow for the telling of the stories that help us understand world and push us to make it better. Will you join us in making these grants possible?
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