August 30th, 2012

Tim Matsui Wins Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant

Tim Matsui submitted the photo above, showing a young woman in Cambodia who was being sold for sex by her mother, as part of his award-winning proposal. © Tim Matsui

 

The first Women’s Initiative grant from Alexia Foundation was awarded to Tim Matsui, who will use the $25,000 to document the sex trafficking of minors in Seattle and King County, Washington. According to James Dooley, executive administrator of the Alexia Foundation, “Matsui’s proposal highlighted a growing and serious problem that is an issue in nearly every city large or small throughout the United States.”

The Alexia Foundation created the Women’s Initiative grant earlier this year to support a photographer documenting “abuses against women in the United States.” The Alexia Foundation Photojournalism Advisory Committee chose Matsui, Mary Calvert and Carlos Javier Ortiz as the three finalists. Judges, including Foundation board members, an administrator from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and Brian Storm, founder of MediaStorm, reviewed all three proposals and awarded the Women’s Initiative grant to Matsui. A symposium, fundraiser and exhibition featuring work from the Women’s Initiative as well as other Alexia Foundation photographers will take place in Fall 2013. Each year the Foundation also awards grants to student and professional photographers who, through their work, “drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.”

Matsui is a documentary, editorial and commercial photographer and multimedia producer based in Seattle. Over the course of his career he’s worked on a number of projects that deal with the sexual abuse of women, including founding a non-profit organization that uses multimedia productions as a way to start discussions on sexual violence.

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Alexia Foundation Launches Documentary Grant Focused on Violence Against Women

July 2nd, 2012

Alexia Foundation Launches Documentary Grant Focused on Violence Against Women

In an effort to bring attention to violence against women, The Alexia Foundation has launched The Women’s Initiative, a $25,000 grant that will support a photographer working on documenting abuse against women within the United States. The grant is available to photojournalists using still images or a combination of stills and video.

Since 1991, The Alexia Foundation has given $700,000 in grants to professional and student photographers  creating picture stories that advance social change and “further cultural understanding and world peace.” Having previously supported several photography projects on women’s issues and violence against women, this year The Alexia Foundation chose to launch a new grant focusing specifically on stories about abuse against women.

The Women’s Initiative grant is open to photographers worldwide, however only individual applicants may apply; no collaborations are allowed. Instead of focusing on just the artist’s portfolio, judging will be based upon the artist’s written proposal. Proposals should demonstrate an effective ability to convey a story that is concise and focused on women’s abuse and the ability to execute that story with powerful images.

A written proposal with a maximum of 750 words explaining the idea for a project that will increase overall knowledge of women’s abuse, a  portfolio of 20 photographs plus captions, a resume, and a 25 word summary that explains the main idea of the project is required. While published proposals are welcome, unpublished works are preferred; the judges will also consider proposals from photographers who want to expand previously published work.

Judging the entries will be divided into two rounds.  Initially, the Alexia photojournalism advisory board, the Alexia Board and its executive board will review each portfolio and narrow down the applicants to a group that demonstrate strong storytelling skills. In the second round a set of judges will determine a winner based upon the applicants’ proposals and photography.

The winning applicant will be notified October 1 via email and will then have six months to complete their proposed work.  At the conclusion of the initiative in the fall of 2013, The Alexia Foundation and Syracuse University will co-sponsor a conference to display the artists’ findings and discuss the growing issue of violence against women.

The deadline to apply is August 15.  To learn more information visit www.alexiafoundation.org/grants.

-Erica Siciliano