The Alexia Foundation has launched 2014 Alexia Women’s Initiative Grant of $25,000 for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women anywhere in the world.

The Foundation supports photographers as agents for change by providing grants, scholarships and special projects. It promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history and to understand cultural difference as human strength – not weakness. Till date, the Alexia Foundation has supported 120 photography students and 21 professional photojournalists producing 141 funded projects.

This call invites students and professional photographers around the world to produce a serious documentary photographic project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world.

Issues may be (but not limited to):
Femininity and the culture of abuse
Women making a difference, leading, changing things for better
Gender inequality
The direction to women and education
The impact on birth rates, health of children and the productivity of the women
Gender discrimination
Women in leadership
Women in the military
Mental health issues

Eligibility Criteria:
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.
Photos may not be digitally manipulated beyond the bounds of standard of traditional darkroom practice (dodging, burning and cropping). Scenes may not be manipulated in anyway.
No objects maybe introduced or removed and subjects should not be directed. The exception is portraits, which should be clearly identified as portraits.

Photography
Number of photographs is limited to twenty (20).
Each image must have a caption.
All the photos should not necessarily pertain to the proposed story but should demonstrate the photographer’s ability to accomplish the proposed project.
All photographs not related to the story proposal must have been taken within the past two (2) years.
Pictures relating to the proposed story have no time limit.
Digital photo files must be formatted as medium-quality JPEG images at 2000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72 dpi.

Deadline: 30 June 2014 at 2p.m. EST.

For more information and How to Apply, please please visit http://www.alexiafoundation.org/grants/womensinitiative2014