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Liste, who was born in Alicante, Spain, has documented crime and security issues in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala over the last five years. “Despite the fall of military rule [in Latin America] and the restoration of democracy, statistics show that in the last two decades crime rates have soared considerably, making Latin America the world’s most violent region,” Liste said in his grant proposal.
In a statement released by the Alexia Foundation, Liste also noted, "It's been difficult to finance this kind of work today, [grants like this] are the only way to continue working and trying to make a change.”
Liste’s project was selected from more than 231 entries, the foundation said. Judges for the grant included Tim Hetherington Trust Director Stephen Mayes, photo editor Karen Mullarkey and Yukiko Yamagata, the associate director for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project.
The student grant, which includes tuition for the Syracuse University London Program as well as $1500 in cash prizes, was awarded to Mehran Hamrahi, a student at the Islamic Azad University in Ahvaz, Iran. Hamrahi was recognized for his project “Iranian People, Ordinary or Criminals,” which depicts Iranian youth who dream of living abroad.
The Alexia Foundation also awarded a second place student grant, which includes half tuition for the Syracuse University London Program and a $500 prize, to Sharia Sharmin, a student at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute for her project on transgender South Asians who identify as female.
The foundation also recognized the work of three other students. Farzana Hossen, for a project on Bangladeshi women who are victims of acid and kerosene attacks; Andrew Renneisen for a project on aspiring hip-hop artists; and Sarah Ann Jump for a project on a refugee family's first year resettling in Rochester, New York.
The mission of the Alexia Foundation is to promote photojournalism through scholarships and grants to bring attention to social injustice and to promote cross-cultural understanding. The foundation was established by the family of Alexia Tsairis, a Syracuse University student who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
For more information visit the Alexia Foundation website.