The Alexia Grants

January 07, 2018 to February 01, 2018
The Alexia Grants
Territory: Worldwide
Theme(s): Open
Eligibility: Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply for this Grant. Proposals for projects that have already received grants or awards of more than $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. The Grant is made to an individual photographer; project proposals that involve multiple content producers will not be accepted.
Entry: $50
Prize: Cash Prize
The Alexia Foundation offers a professional Alexia Grant to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundationís goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Work that helps bring about change is more valued. Grants are administered by the Foundation and the endowed Alexia Chair at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Alexia Foundation Grants were created to support still photographers and that remains our primary mission. We recognize that the profession more and more calls for a diverse range of story forms. Therefore, while your submissions must have a set of still photographs, you may also submit other story forms as part of your grant application submission. Those may include audio, motion, VR or any other visual format. The Professional Grant recipient will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project.

Written Elements: Submit written elements as PDF documents.

1. Synopsis: In not more than twenty-five (25) words, write a synopsis of your project.

2. Proposal: A written proposal of not more than 700 words (3500 characters) to produce a body of work comprised of still or motion body of work that will promote world peace and cultural understanding. Nearly all previous grant recipients have proposed projects that were already in progress.

The most effective proposals start by telling a story that takes the reader to the setting and engages them emotionally. Then describe why the project is important. Then explain how you will accomplish the project. Conclude by explaining the outcomes of the project, how it will be used, ideally to bring about change. Evidence that you have created partnerships with other organizations is advantageous.

Do not put your name or other identifying information on your proposal. All applications will be judged anonymously. Only one application per person each year will be accepted.

For helpful tips on writing a proposal, see our blog post with National Geographic Director of Photography and former Alexia grant judge Sarah Leen.

3. Resume: A resume which shall include your email address, phone numbers and address along with the names, titles and phone numbers of three (3) references. Do not send any letters of recommendation.

Photographs - What and How To Submit

Submit a body of work consisting of up to twenty (20) photographs. Images should demonstrate your ability to accomplish your proposed project. If you submit photos that are not related to your proposal, they must have been taken within the past two (2) years. There is no time limit on pictures that relate directly to your story proposal.
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