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Alexia Foundation Grant Competition Open

The Alexia 2019 Grant competition is now open. The deadline is Sept. 30.

The Alexia Foundation awards grants to student and professional visual journalists to help them produce projects that inspire change by addressing topics that are socially significant.

Alexia Foundation Grants were created 30 years ago to support still photographers and that remains our primary mission. We recognize that the profession more and more calls for a diverse range of story forms. Therefore, while your submissions must have a set of still photographs, you may also submit other story forms as part of your grant application submission. Those may include audio, video, VR or any other visual format. There will be a spot on the submission site to post up to two links.

Grants are administered by the Foundation and the endowed Alexia Chair at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Information about the student competition can be found here and professional grants here


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Back to School Special: Discounts on MediaStorm Training Modules

It’s time to go back to school and we’ve got you covered. Our new training is now available: MediaStorm’s “Technical Guide to Being Creative”. We’re offering our community a special deal–ALL of our training modules, normally priced at $199, are now available on Vimeo for $45 only. This offer won’t last. Get it now. 


“Technical Guide to Being Creative” is a one-stop shop for the technical processes that allow you to get creative in post-production. This series includes 35 modules, covering everything from how to organize your project’s media, to creating storyboards, to creating a multi-clip, to how to use pacing to create tension. The MediaStorm Workflow gives a unique step-by-step look into the editing of a film, and combines the technical and creative insights necessary to that end.      

Our featured trainers have made over a hundred films, long and short, so they know just how to do this with you.  

This workflow is something we use on every film and it has been continually updated for over a decade. Now, you will get the chance to learn from that experience. 

If you haven’t already, you should subscribe to our entire online training program. We’ve got you covered — from reporting to exporting the final file. Learn more here.

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MediaStorm film showing this weekend in Hudson NY

New York Friends! Head up to your favorite summer getaway in the Hudson Valley this weekend and check out a show featuring Samia Khan and our film honoring Zadie Smith and Deana Lawson, produced for the International Center of Photography and Harber Studios. “Unravel”, will feature the work of local women artists including Filiz Soyak, Ruthie Fraser, Mckenzie Raley, and Erica Recto. Our film honoring Zadie Smith’s writing and Deana Lawson’s photography will also be showing.

The Deets:

Saturday, August 18, 2019 3-6pm

Filiz Studio + Gallery. 715 Warren St., Hudson, NY

If you can’t make it, check out the film again:



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Summit Scholarship for International Environmental Filmmakers

Vulcan Productions is bringing four environmental filmmakers from Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia or India to Jackson Wild in September. Apply by July 10th

We are seeking four established, environmental and conservation-focused filmmakers whose work has not been properly introduced to the United States and Northern Europe to this year’s Jackson Wild Summit (September 21–27, 2019). 

Filmmakers will be considered from Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, or India who are telling stories about their homeland’s environmental and conservation challenges. Successful candidates will have had at least one film of note released in their home region.

The Visiting World Filmmakers winners will be provided with travel to Jackson Hole, WY, five nights lodging, festival passes and an allowance for food. They will also have opportunities to participate in various panels, excursions, and events throughout the week in addition to networking and connecting with like-minded individuals.

If you’re a great candidate or know of one, the application is here.
If you know of other individuals, organizations or international festivals who can help us find these filmmakers, please forward this email or ask them to contact Susan Grella at SusanG@vulcan.com.

Applications are due by end of day July 10, 2019.
Winners will be notified in mid-August.

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We Women Open Call Until June 30

We, Women a new platform looking to redefine visual storytelling around critical issues in the USA through the lens of women, transgender, and non-binary artists, announces an open call out to fund up to 20 artists with $5,000-$10,000 grants for photo-based projects rooted in community engagement.

Projects will re-frame issues and highlight underrepresented narratives that resist and interrogate social and political landscapes while promoting empathy and unity. We, Women prioritizes artists of color and supports individuals from all spectrums of identity, including religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, and socio-economic status.

The first phase of this developing project will feature up to 20 projects in key states and a mobile national exhibition starting in late 2020.


  • A cash grant of $5,000-$10,000 for the continuation of existing work or the creation of a new project in a community they have a demonstrated commitment to.

  • Mentorship and production support from We, Women leaders, project partners, and advisors.

  • Promotion and marketing.

  • We, Women exhibition at Photoville Fall 2020.

  • Inclusion in a traveling nationwide exhibition with concurrent programming beginning Fall 2020.

The first round of our open call will close on June 30, 2019.
Read the full guidelines here + FAQ here.

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