"The Alexia Foundation Grants were established to help promote world peace and cultural understanding. The strength of the proposal will be judged equally to photographic skills. The Grant goes to those who clearly and concisely propose significant projects that share in the Foundation’s mission and who also submit photographs that reflect the ability to execute their proposed project. This year, the award for the Professional Grant has been raised to $20,000 from the $15,000 it had been in previous years. The Student Winner will receive funding for a semester at the Syracuse University London Program, a $1,000 cash grant to help produce the proposed body of work, a $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo and $500 will be awarded to that student’s academic department. Student awards will also be given to a Second Place Winner, and three Award of Excellence Winners. We are excited to add an additional Student Grant this year, the Gilka Grant, honoring Robert E. Gilka, the director of photography for National Geographic Magazine and a long time supporter of The Alexia Foundation. Bob judged the Alexia Grants for their first 11 years and taught at Syracuse University for several years. Bob passed away in the summer of 2013. The Gilka Grant will recognize the best project proposal that also includes a multimedia component. The winner of the Gilka Grant will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the Kalish Workshop.