Sebastián Liste wins 2014 Alexia Foundation Grant

Sebastian Liste won the Alexia grant for his project, "The New Culture of Violence in Latin America." Part of this project was commissioned by TIME In this image, Ana celebrates her birthday, Jan. 22, 2011 . She was born and has grown up inside the abandonated chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. This impoverished community took up residence in an old abandoned chocolate factory on the coast in Salvador de Bahia. Despite the lack of socio-economic support from the government, they have managed to make a safe place for themselves to live, and form a community of their own, which is safer that the alternatives available to them. However they are currently being evicted by the government due to being there illegally.
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Sebastián Liste picked up the Alexia grant for his project, "The New Culture of Violence in Latin America." Part of this project was commissioned by TIME.

In this image, Ana celebrates her birthday, Jan. 22, 2011. She was born and grew up as part of a community living in an abandoned chocolate factory in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. This community took up residence in the factory on the coast in Salvador de Bahia. They are currently being evicted by the government.

Sebastián Liste has been awarded the The Alexia Foundation‘s $20,000 professional grant for 2014 for his project “The New Culture of Violence in Latin America.” The work — part of which was commissioned by TIME — sees Liste investigate crime and security in Latin America. Finalists in this grant category included Pau Coll Sánchez and Stephen Dupont.

In the student category, work by Iran-based Mehran Hamrahi portraying the daily lives of Iranian youth — called “Iranian People, Ordinary or Criminals.” — took first place. Hamrahi receives tuition for the Syracuse University London program, a $1,000 grant towards further developing the work, and other prizes. Second place went to Shahria Sharmin, with Farzana Hossen, Andrew Renneisen, and Sarah Ann Jump receiving excellence awards.

The Alexia Foundation has supported photojournalism and social documentary projects through their annual student and professional grant programs since 1991. Named after Alexia Tsairis, a Public Communications student at Syracuse University who died tragically in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the foundation fosters photographers whose work raises awareness around complicated and often overlooked political and humanitarian issues.


Richard Conway is Reporter/Producer for TIME LightBox. Follow him on twitter @RichardJConway


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