January 07, 2018 to February 01, 2018
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.
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
Written Elements: Submit written elements as PDF documents.
1. Synopsis: In not more than twenty-five (25) words, write a synopsis of your
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
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.