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Scripps students named 2013 Alexia Foundation student grant winners

Mar 5, 2013

Scripps students named 2013 Alexia Foundation student grant winners

- Kelly Martin

Two graduate students from the Scripps College of Communication took first and second place in the annual Alexia Foundation Competition. 

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz is the winner of the Alexia Foundation 2013 Student Grant. Her project, “Shane and Maggie,” seeks to portray domestic abuse as a process, as opposed to a single incident, examining how a pattern of abuse develops and eventually crests, as well as show its short- and long-term effects on victims, their families and their abusers.

She is a graduate photojournalism student at Ohio University. Lewkowicz wins a full-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism at the Syracuse University London Program in Fall 2013, a $1,000 grant to produce her picture story and a $300 gift card from Dury’s Photo for equipment and supplies.

She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been an intern at Patuxent Publishing, is a 3 time alumna of the WKU Mountain Workshops and was a student at the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop XXV.

Dijana Muminovic took second place. Muminovic’s work will examine genocide and and the aftermath of war, by documenting the exhumation of bodies from Lake Perucac which borders Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Approximately 800 bodies were thrown into the lake from 1992 to 1995 during the Bosnian war.

Muminovic majored in photojournalism at Western Kentucky University and is now a freelance photojournalist doing work for the Athens News. She wins a half-tuition scholarship to study photojournalism at the Syracuse University London Program in Fall 2013, plus a $500 grant to produce her picture story and a $250 gift card from Dury’s Camera.

The 2013 Alexia Foundation Grant judging took place at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University on Feb. 23, 2013. The judges were Lynn Johnson, National Geographic; John Moore, Getty Images; and Jim Dooley, former Newsday director of photography and current Executive Administrator of the Alexia Foundation.

Additional information about the Alexia Foundation can be found at this link.