Outreach Program Spotlight: Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social justice, to respect history lest it be forgotten and to understand cultural difference as our strength—not our weakness. Through grants, scholarships and special projects, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for social change.

At a time when many other resources have dwindled, The Alexia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, remains unwavering in its commitment to support photojournalism on academic and professional levels. The foundation believes that there is no stronger force in bringing us closer to the world we inhabit.

The Alexia Foundation was named in honor of Alexia Tsairis, a 20 year old student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, who was lost in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988. She was one of 270 innocent people who were lost that day.



PhotoWings is proud to partner with The Alexia Foundation on their project: Latin America: Stories That Drive Change Seminar at The University of Miami in Miami, Florida on April 8 and 9, 2017. Additional co-sponsors include The University of Miami School of Communication, The Knight Foundation, and Nikon.

The seminar will be an opportunity to share and celebrate photojournalism by Latin American and Latino journalists. It will also help all visual journalists learn how to better develop and support their own work.

Attendees will:

  • see the best photography by Latin American and Latino photographers
  • learn about developing relationships and working with photo editors at the world’s top publications
  • gain understanding about using Instagram to further reach
  • learn how VR can be incorporated into one’s own work
  • learn how to successfully apply for grant opportunities
  • be inspired to develop passion projects and find one’s own photographic voice

Speakers include National Geographic Photographer Ami Vitale, National Geographic Photographer and Quito Cultural Minister Pablo Corral Vega, Syracuse University’s Alexia Tsairis Chair of Documentary Photography Mike Davis, Photographer and Inaugural Getty Instagram Grant Winner Adriana Zehbrauskas, Managing Editor of LIFE VR, TIME Inc’s New Virtual Reality Brand, Mia Tramz and National Geographic’s Deputy Director of Photography Whitney Johnson.

The seminar will be moderated by Rich Beckman, Director of the Graduate Program for Journalism and Media Management at the University of Miami School of Communication.

After a morning of talks, speakers and Alexia Photojournalism Advisory Council members will lead individual break out sessions to go further in-depth into issues. For instance, Mike Davis will discuss selecting and sequencing images, Mickey Osterreicher will talk about enforcing one’s right to record and photograph, and Mia Tramz will show participants how VR works and discuss shooting it. Participants will be given the opportunity to sign up 3 out of 6 break out sessions two weeks prior to the seminar.

Following the break-out sessions, The Alexia Foundation will host a special mixer, where work by two former winners will be showcased. 2016 Professional Winner Aaron Vincent Elkaim will discuss his work on the destruction Brazil’s hydroelectric dam boom is having on the Amazon River basin. 2014 Women’s Initiative Winner Mary F. Calvert will talk about her long-term work documenting sexual assault in the U.S. Military. The Alexia Foundation will also be announcing the winners of The Alexia 2017 grants at the mixer.

A limited number of reviews for people who produce projects that match the mission of the Alexia Grants will be available in the morning of Sunday, April 9. Reviewers will give feedback on one project; this is not intended to be a portfolio review in the typical sense of presenting a range of work. 

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