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Seeking Projects Promoting Peace and Understanding

Posted by on January 24, 2014 | Contests/Events



Do you have a story that contributes to world peace and cross-cultural understanding? If so, check out the student category of the 2014 Alexia Foundation Grants, organized by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. But, get your ducks in a row this weekend, as student applications must be received by 2 p.m. eastern standard time on Monday, January 27.

The Foundation welcomes proposals for still photography and multimedia projects, however student applicants are encouraged to submit multimedia pieces with their grant applications. Students are also encouraged to submit projects that explore cultural understanding in or near their local community.

This annual award offers one student winner the opportunity for an all-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism in London during Fall 2014. Additional grants are given for First place, Second place and Award(s) of Excellence at judges’ discretion.

In 2014, one student will be selected for a new award—The Gilka Grant—named in honor of Robert Gilka, the long-time National Geographic director of photography, who passed away in summer 2013. The Gilka Grant will recognize the best project proposal with a multimedia component, so to further support the profession’s development of compelling motion projects. The winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Kalish Workshop. Renowned picture editor Stan Kalish  was a longtime colleague and friend of Gilka’s.

Both graduate and undergraduate student applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university degree program at the time of application. No student who has completed more than three internships or a year of full-time professional experience is eligible.

There is no entry fee or application form required and all submissions can be uploaded via the Web site. For further details, click here.