Alexia Foundation Seeks Applications for 2014 Student Photography Grants

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The Alexia Foundation is seeking applications for its 2014 student photography grants. The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.

Student applicants are encouraged to consider projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community. While the Foundation does not discourage proposals on topics outside the students’ region, no extra weight is given to these topics when determining winning Grant recipients. Rather, the Foundation believes applicants are more likely to complete a story closer to their school or home than one that requires travel.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for still photography or multimedia projects. Students are encouraged to submit multimedia pieces with their grant applications.

The deadline for submission of applications is 2 p.m. on January 27, 2014, while winners will be announced on or about March 1, 2014.

Applicants must be duly enrolled full-time students in an accredited college or university in the United States or abroad in a degree programme at the time of application as either graduate or undergraduate students. No student who has completed more than three internships or one year of full-time professional experience is eligible. “Full-time professional experience” is defined as earning more than half of your gross annual income from photography, including sales, assignments, etc.

Grants are given for First Place, Second Place and, at judges’ discretion, Award(s) of Excellence. Grants vary between undergraduate and graduate students.

The First Place Award, if the recipient is an Undergraduate Student, will include: Full tuition for study at the Syracuse University (SU) London Programme for the Fall semester (http://sulondon.syr.edu). Tuition is approximately $19,000; $1,000 cash grant to help produce the proposed body of work; $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies; and $500 will be awarded to the student’s academic department.

The Second Place Award, if the recipient is an Undergraduate Student, will include: Half tuition for study at the SU London Programme, also for the fall semester; $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story or multimedia project; and $250 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

Award(s) of Excellence, if the recipient is an Undergraduate Student, will include for each recipient: $1,500 to be used for tuition at the SU London Programme, or for any Momenta Photo Workshop; $500 cash grant to help produce the proposed picture story or multimedia project; and $150 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

Mr. Robert Gilka

One student will receive a grant that is new this year: The Gilka Grant, named in honor of famed photography leader Robert Gilka, the director of photography for National Geographic Magazine for many years. Bob passed away in the summer of 2013. Bob judged the Alexia Grants for their first 11 years and taught at Syracuse University for several years.

The Gilka Grant will recognize the best project proposal that also includes a multimedia component, as determined by Alexia Grant judges. The goal is to further support the profession’s development of compelling motion projects. The winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Kalish Workshop. Stan Kalish, a renowned picture editor, and Bob Gilka were longtime colleagues and friends.

Winners will be announced on or about March 1, 2014.

Click here for more information about the grant and how to apply.