How the Alexia Foundation Chooses Grant Winners

From Sarah Blesner’s Alexia grant-winning story in 2017: Students from School #18 perform a show at the local theater in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, 15 Dec 2016. The show promotes the cadet school at School #18. Sarah Blesener/Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation is once again accepting applications for its prestigious photography grants. For advice on how to apply, don’t miss Alexia Chair and former Oregonian photo editor Mike Davisinsightful article that can help all manner of applications:

“There are four broad aspects, questions, really, that you have to satisfy in the judges’ minds, hearts and eyes: Is the subject engaging? Can you do it? How are you going to do the project? What will happen because of your project?”

It’s crucial to use storytelling techniques in your application for a storytelling competition, Davis wrote.

“[Tell the judges] a story, inform them, answer their questions and surprise them with your thoughtfulness.”

The application deadline for Alexia’s Professional Grant is Thursday, February 1, 2018 at midnight Eastern U.S. Time. The deadline for the Student Grants is Thursday, March 1, 2018, at midnight Eastern U.S. Time. Rules and application process can be found here.