The Alexia Foundation is an organization created in memory of student photographer, Alexia Tsairis, who tragically passed away in the terrorist Pan Am Lockerbie bombing of 1988, “promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness.” The Alexia Foundation supports photographers seeking to make a change by awarding grants, scholarships, and special projects.
Currently The Alexia Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Professional and Student Grants. The Professional Grant will award $20,000 to a photographer who proposes a project that has photographic quality that supports a well composed project. The deadline for submission to the Professional Grant is Jan. 13, 2014. There is a $50 fee to apply for the Professional Grant.
The Student Grants will award one first place winner funding for a semester at Syracuse University London Program, a $1,000 cash grant to help fund their proposed project, a $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo, and $500 will be awarded to the academic department the student represents. There will also be similar prizes for the second place winner and three Award of Excellence Winners.
This year The Gilka Grant has been added to recognize the student applicant with the best proposal including a multimedia component. The winner will recieve a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Kalish Workshop. This award honors longtime National Geographic Director of Photography Robert Gilka, who was a supporter of The Alexia Foundation, and passed away in the summer of 2013. The deadline for the Student Grant is Jan. 27, 2014. Apply for the Student Grant opportunities at no cost today.