Photographer Rena Effendi has won the $20,000 Alexia 2018 Professional Grant to support her “Spirit Lake” project, the Alexia Foundation announced today. Effendi’s project examines the effects of trauma from recurrent sexual abuse at the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota, and community efforts to help victims through traditional healing.
“I feel so very privileged to be offered this opportunity to go back and continue uncovering these important stories buried under layers of stigma,” Effendi told The Washington Post after she won the grant.
Effendi’s project was chosen from among 309 applications for the 2018 grant. Jurors included Washington Post director of photography MaryAnne Golon, photographer Zun Lee, and Visura CEO Adriana Teresa Letorney. Syracuse University Alexia Chair Mike Davis moderated the judging.
The Alexia Foundation was founded to support photographers working on projects to expose social injustice and affect change. Winners of the 2018 Alexia Student Grants will be announced later this week.
Photographer Andrea Bruce has won the 2018 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced on Saturday. The award comes with a $20,000 prize. Two other photographers—Amber Bracken and Rebecca Conway—won honorable mentions. Chosen from 136 nominees, Bruce won for her work focusing on people living in the aftermath of... More ›
The World Press Photo awards will be announced Thursday, April 12, followed by the Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, April 16. Major prizes like those can transform a winner’s career. But the big prizes can also carry liabilities. In 2016, we asked two past Pulitzer winners—Deanne Fitzmaurice and William Snyder—about how their careers changed after they... More ›
Graham Dickie of Tsinghua University (Beijing)and the University of Texas at Austin has won the 2018 Alexia Student Grant for “How Life Is: Rap in Rural Southeast Louisiana,” a project combining a film and a photo series. The Alexia Foundation announced the news today. “For the first time, a film received top honors in the... More ›