Portfolio Format and Requirements
Applications must be submitted through our online application process. (If you find it impossible to enter online, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a way to get your entry into our system.)
Your portfolio must not have more than 20 photographs.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, January 18, 2013.
Introduction to the Professional Competition Rules
The Alexia Foundation offers the professional grant to enable a photographer to have the financial ability to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.
Any photographer from any country may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.
The Alexia Grant was not established with the single purpose of rewarding the best photographers – this is not a portfolio competition. The grant will be awarded to a photojournalist who can further cultural understanding and world peace by conceiving and writing a concise, focused, and meaningful story proposal, and who can demonstrate the ability to visually execute that story with compelling images. There is no mathematical formula for determining grantees, but the proposal and photography must both be considered of the highest quality.
Professional applications will be judged in two rounds. First, members of the Alexia Board and its executive advisors will review portfolios and move those demonstrating strong visual skills to a second round. In that round, judges that are industry leaders first read and rank the story proposals for all those portfolios brought forward. If no judge thinks the proposal is worth considering, the portfolio is not reviewed in the second round. A winner is chosen based on the judges’ determination of the combination of the strongest proposal and photography.