2014 Women’s Initiative Grant by Alexia Foundation. Apply Now!

2014 Women’s Initiative Grant by Alexia Foundation. Apply Now!

Deadline: June 30, 2014

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant.

The Alexia Foundation’s main purpose is to encourage and help photojournalists create stories that drive change. While our traditional grant guidelines put no limits on the subject matter for grant proposals, a number of proposals about women’s rights in the last few years have been so powerful that we have been compelled to create a grant specifically on issues relating to women.

Unlike the first Women’s Initiative grant, which specifically focused on abuse of women in the United States, this call for entries is open to photographers any where in the world and is intended to permit the photographer to produce a serious documentary photographic project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world.


  • will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women anywhere in the world.


  • Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply for this Grant.
  • Proposals for projects that have already received grants or awards of more than $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible.
  • The Grant is made to an individual photographer; project proposals that involve multiple content producers will not be accepted.

Judging Criteria:

  • The Grant was established to help promote greater awareness of issues surrounding and impacting women. The strength of your proposal will be judged equally to your photographic skills. The Grant goes to those who clearly and concisely propose significant projects that share in the Foundation’s mission and who demonstrate the ability to accomplish their proposals by showing photographs of the highest caliber. Photographs you submit with your proposal may be about your proposal’s subject or of past work that is of a similar type.
  • We prefer proposals for stories that have not been published. We welcome proposals for projects already in progress. And we will gladly consider proposals for stories that further expand and develop concepts that have been published already.
  • A well-written statement of purpose proposal is required. This is not a portfolio competition. The grant will be awarded to a photojournalist who can write a concise, focused, and meaningful story proposal concerning women’s abuse 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.
  • The Alexia Foundation expects to assist the photographer in creating a multimedia production of the finished work. This can be done with still pictures only, but we encourage proposals from photographers with multimedia experience.
  • Applications will be judged in two rounds. First, members of the Alexia photojournalism advisory board, the Alexia Board and its executive advisors will review portfolios and move those demonstrating strongest visual storytelling skills to a second round.
  • In the second round, judges first read and rank the story proposals for all those portfolios brought forward. If no judge thinks the proposal is worth considering, the portfolio will not be reviewed in the second round. A winner is chosen based on the judges’ determination of the combination of the strongest proposal and photography.


Alexia Grants will be awarded subject to these additional terms:

  • The license granted herein by the applicant to the Foundation for use of photographs submitted with the applicant’s Alexia Grant application shall be extended in all its terms to all works created by the applicant in the course of any project funded in any part by the applicant’s Alexia Grant.
  • Each applicant shall be deemed to have consented to the use of his/her name, portrait, and/or picture by the Foundation in promotional and public relations materials or for any other purpose related to the Alexia Grant program or the Foundation.
  • Each applicant shall agree to reasonable requests by the Foundation to present such applicant’s work and/or represent the Foundation at photography workshops, seminars and/or conventions, provided that any necessary expense associated with such presentations is paid by the Foundation.
  • Each applicant shall be responsible for determining his or her own tax liability arising from acceptance of the Alexia Grant, and for satisfaction of any such liability.

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