I’m pleased to spread the word about this year’s Alexia Foundation grant winners for 2013. The professional winner is Abir Abdulla, a part time teacher at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and stringer photographer for the European Pressphoto Agency in Bangladesh. His honest and harrowing images of a recent garment factory fire in Dhaka, which were prominently published in the NYT Lens Blog, along with his proposal to further document the supply chain of the garment industry was what convinced the judges to award him the $15,000 professional grant.
There were 433 applications that the judges narrowed down to six, and then selected Abdullan’s proposal and portfolio as the best of the best. The other finalists, in no particular order are freelance photographer Christian Werner based in Nordstemmen, Germany; Robin Hammond is a 37-year-old freelance photojournalist born in New Zealand and based in Paris. He has been part of the photo agency Panos Pictures since 2007; Noriko Hayashi is a Freelance Photographer based in Tokyo; Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, 31, is a Getty photographer based in Spain; Jenn Ackerman is a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis.
In the Student Category, here are the winners:
First place student scholarship winner. Sara Naomi Lewkowicz is a graduate photojournalism student at Ohio University. She wins a full-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism at the Syracuse University London Program in Fall, 2013, plus a $1,000 grant to produce her picture story and a $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
She had her winning work on domestic violence featured by Time Lightbox earlier this week.
Second place student winner Dijana MuMinovic is a graduate photojournalism student at Ohio University. She majored in photojournalism at Western Kentucky University and is now a freelance photojournalist doing work for the Athens News. She wins a half-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism at the Syracuse University London Program in Fall, 2013, plus a $500 grant to produce her picture story and a $250 gift card from Dury’s Camera.
Award of Excellence winners are Syracuse University junior photojournalism major Andrew Renneisen, Syracuse University graduate photojournalism student Annie Flanagan, and Mumbai-born Souvid Datta who is a third-year student at University College of London, studying International Relations and Law
Each Award of Excellence winner receives a $1500 scholarship that can be used to pay part expenses to study photojournalism in London in the fall semester at the Syracuse University London Program, or for any Momenta Photo Workshop and a $500 cash grant to help produce their proposed stories.
121 students applied to the competition this year.