Alexia Foundation Professional and Student Grant

Alexia Foundation Professional and Student Grant
Award amount:  Professional: $20,000 / Students:  it’s worth it, see details below.
Deadline:  Professional:  January 13th, 2013 at 2 PM Eastern Time /  Student:  January 27th, 2013 at 2 PM Eastern Time.

  • This amazing grant provides opportunities for photographic professionals and students at BOTH the undergraduate and graduate levels.  It is very rare to find something this valuable.

Alexia Professional Grant:

  • This grant is to enable professional photographers and visual journalists to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundations goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.
  • The grant recipient will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project.  Deadline is January 13th, 2013, 2 PM EST.
  • There is a $50 application fee!
  • Anyone can apply for this grant, except for projects who have already received funding or grants of more than $1,000 and for those who have multiple content producers.
  • Application process in either Microsoft Word or PDF Documents:
    • Synopsis:  the synopsis of your project not exceeding 25 words.
    • Proposal:  a written proposal not exceeding 750 to produce a body of work comprised of still or multimedia that will promote world peace and cultural understanding.  (They also said anything past 750 words will be cut off, they’ll only see the first 750 words.)
      • Do not put your name or identifying information on your proposal.
    • Resume:  a resume including your contact information (phone number, address) and the names and phone numbers of three (3) references.  No letters of recommendation.
  • Important bits:  if you are a staff photographer: professional grant applicants who are staff photographers must provide written permission from their employer granting them a leave of absence approximately three (3) months over the course of a year to allow time to complete their project.  This letter in particular needs to be mailed to:

    Mike Davis
    The Alexia Competition
    Professional Division
    S.I. Newhouse School of Communications
    215 University Place
    Syracuse, NY 13244-2100

  • Photo submissions:
    • Submit a body of work consisting no more than 20 photographs.
      • Each image must have a caption, and they don’t have to pertain to your proposed story.
      • They should demonstrate your ability to accomplish your proposed project and should have been taken within the past two (2) years.
      • There is no time limit on picture that relate to your story proposal.
    • Image preparation:
      • Digital photos must be formatted as medium-quality JPEG Images at 2000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72 dpi.
      • Don’t include your name in the captions.
      • If you propose a multi-media project, provide URLS for no more than two (2) of your multimedia presentations.

Alexia Student Grants:

  • The Grant was established to help promote world peace and cultural understanding.  The strength of your proposal will be judged equally to your photographic skills.
  • Must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad in a degree program at the time of application.
  • No student who has completed more than three internships or one year of full-time professional experience is eligible.
    • “Full-time professional experience” = earning more than half of your gross annual income from photography (sales, assignments, etc.)
  • There are four awards:  First Place, Second Place, Award(s) of Excellence and The Gilka Grant.
    • First Place Award for Undergraduate Students receives:
      • Full tuition for study at the Syracuse University (SU) London Program for the Fall semester.
      • $1,000 cash grant to help produce the body of work.
      • $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
      • $500 to the student’s academic department.
    • Second Place Award for Undergraduate Students receives:
      • Half tuition for study at the Syracuse University (SU) London Program for the fall semester.
      • $500 cash grant to help produce the body of work.
      • $250 gift card from  Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
    • Award(s) of Excellence for Undergraduate Students receives:
      • $1,500 for tuition for study at the Syracuse University (SU) London Program for the fall semester.
      • $500 cash grant to help produce the body of work.
      • $150 gift card from  Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies
    • The Gilka Grant
      • The Gilka Grant was named in honor of Robert Gilka, the director of photography for National Geographic Magazine.  Bob judged the Alexia Grants for their first 11 years and also taught at Syracuse University.
      • The grant will recognize the best project proposal that also includes a multimedia component.
      • The recipient receives a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Kalish Workshop.
    • First Place Award for Graduate Students:
      • Pays tuition for two classes for the fall semester and program fees, up to a maximum of $15,000.
      • $1,000 cash grant to help produce body of work.
      • $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
      • $500 to the student’s academic department.
    • Second Place Award for Graduate Students:
      • Full tuition for two classes at the Syracuse London Program in Fall 2014.
      • $500 cash grant to help produce body of work.
      • $250 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
    • Award(s) of Excellence for Graduate Students:
      • $1,500 for tuition at the Syracuse London Program or for any Momenta Photo Workshop.
      • $500 cash grant to help produce body of work.
      • $150 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.
  • Application Process:
    • Judges consider technical ability, ability to work with subjects and style.
    • Grant recipients are obligated to provide the foundation of their completed project in the form of two CDs or DVDs of high-resolution files (300 DPI minimum) of no fewer than 60 images, along with their personal selection of no more than 20 clearly marked and captioned images.
      • This must be completed and sent by traceable form (registered mail, FedEx, DHL) to the foundation by December 31st of the year which the grant is made:

        Alexia Foundation
        Syracuse University Newhouse School
        215 University Place
        Syracuse, NY 13244-2100

    • Your application must be in either Word or PDF documents and include:
      • Synopsis:  no longer than 25 words.
      • Proposal:  a written proposal not exceeding 750 words to produce a body of work comprised of still or multimedia that will promote world peace and cultural understanding.
        • You may propose projects that are already in progress.
        • Any proposal over 750 words will be cut off, they’ll only see the first 750 words.
        • Do not put your name or other identifying information on your proposal.
      • Resume:  a resume including your contact information (phone number, address) and the names and phone numbers of three (3) references.  No letters of recommendation.
    • Photo submissions:
      • A portfolio of at least 10 and not more than 20 photographs.
        • Must include at least one picture story.
          • You can submit up to three picture stories, as long as the total number of photographs does not exceed 20.
        • Portfolios may include single images.
          • Do not enter single images from your picture stories.
      • A cohesive body of work: not more than 20 photographs – on a single subject.
        • This can be a picture story, an essay or a project that reflects your ability to produce a body of work at the scope and quality that judges will expect of the grant recipient.
        • The photos do not have to, but may, pertain to your proposed story.
        • All photographs not related to your story proposal must have been taken within the past two years.
      • If you propose a multimedia project, provide URLs for no more than two multimedia presentations.
      • Digital photos must be formatted as medium-quality JPEG images at 2000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72 dpi, sRGB color profile.
      • Each image must have a caption, and do not include your name in the captions.
        • All required information, such as creation date / place / country as well as the caption / description must be included in the metadata of the image files.
      • The content of the image must not be altered. (Only retouching which conforms to currently accepted standards in the industry is allowed. The jury is the ultimate arbiter of these standards and may at its discretion request the original, unretouched file as recorded by the camera or an untoned scan of the negative or slide.)
    • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application process page on the right hand corner that says “APPLY NOW”.
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