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Alexia Tsairis was a photojournalism major at Syracuse University who used her camera as a means to draw cultures together. But in the winter of 1988, life took a turn for the worse when 35 Syracuse students were killed in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103-Tsairis included.

After she passed away, her parents were determined to support students with the same passion.

“After the crash, they came to the university looking for a way to memorialize Alexia,” said David Sutherland, an associate professor of journalism. “We came up with this concept that is getting better every year.”

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace supports budding student and professional photographers as they capture and share stories of the world.

Check it out here.

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