Deadline December 2nd: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2015

Aperture Foundation
Call for Entries: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2015
Deadline: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at noon EST

“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

Portfolio Prize – Guidelines
First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.

How to Enter

  1. Become an Aperture Member to enter the 2015 Portfolio Prize!
    For more information on membership benefits, visit aperture.org/join.
  2. Get your passcode.
    Upon online purchase of an Aperture membership, you will receive an e-receipt containing a unique invitational call passcode to enter the 2015 Aperture Portfolio Prize. If your annual membership is current through December 3, 2014, there is no additional fee to enter the prize. Please check your inbox for an e-mail containing an invitational call passcode.
  3. Enter via callforentry.org until Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12 noon EST.
    You will be prompted for free registration with CaFÉ. Once you are registered, click “Apply to Calls” and enter your invitational call passcode to enter the Aperture Portfolio Prize. You will be asked to provide the following:

    • 15 images with title/caption information (see FAQ for guidelines on how to submit fewer images)
    • Statement of up to 250 words about your work
    • Résumé/CV

If you would like to submit more than one portfolio, contact apertureprize@aperture.org.

Competition Criteria
When examining competition entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:

  • Is the work new, i.e., created in the last five years?
  • Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio in a consistent manner?
  • Do the individual images have strong composition and strong use of color or tone?
  • What technical and presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for using sepia-toned black-and-white versus a digitally enhanced palette?
  • Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter?”

For the full prospectus and to see previous winners visit: www.aperture.org/portfolio-prize.

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