Rena Effendi Wins $20K Alexia 2018 Professional Grant

Posted by on Monday April 9, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Shauncina Lovejoy, hugging her aunt Jada Longie, Spirit Lake, North Dakota. April, 2013. ©Rena Effendi

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.

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