The Alexia Foundation Grants for Photographers 2017

Publish Date: Sep 22, 2016

Deadline: Feb 14, 2017


We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Grants on Jan. 2.

The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities. See rules below for details on each.


The application deadline for the Professional Grant is Tuesday, January 29, 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time.

The deadline for the Student Grants is Friday, February 14, 2017, at 5 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time.

Winners Announcement

Winners will be announced on or about April 8, 2017. Judging takes place at Syracuse University March 24 and 25 at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and is open to the public..

Application Procedure

Your application must include the items listed below – there is no form to fill out in advance. Once those are ready, click the submit button at right and follow instructions from there. You will be prompted to pay the $50 entry fee during the application process.

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 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.

Image Preparation

Digital photo files must be formatted as medium-quality JPEG images at 5000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72 dpi. Each image must have a caption in the file’s metadata/exif caption field. Do not include your name in captions or exif fields. You may provide URLs for no more than two (2) of your motion pieces - which should reflect your proposed project or a topic or approach that is similar to your proposed subject.

Ethical Standards

The Alexia Foundation follows ethical photojournalistic standards as set forth by organizations such as the National Press Photographers Association, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Images may not be altered to change the structural integrity of photographed scenes. Toning of images - saturation, contrast, vignetting, dynamic range, etc. - must be within reasonable limits, as determined by the panel of judges.

For Staff Photographers

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 of approximately three (3) months over the course of a year to allow time to complete their project. It is not necessary for this time to be taken in a single block. While all other application elements will be submitted online, the letter of permission must be mailed to:

Mike Davis
The Alexia Grant Competition
Professional Division
S.I. Newhouse School of Communications

To APPLY click "Further official information" below.

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