“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 haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.
First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website (for approximately one year), accompanied by a brief editorial statement written by Aperture staff. Winners are announced in Aperture’s e-newsletter, which reaches forty thousand subscribers. Winners will also have the opportunity to offer their prints via the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.
- 15 images with title/caption information
- Statement of up to 250 words about your work
- Aperture magazine print or digital subscriber number
- $25 entry fee, payable during the online entry process
- Submit all materials via CallForEntry.org, here.
When examining competition entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:.
- Is the work new, e.g., created in the last five years?
- Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio (of up to 15 images) in a consistent manner?
- Are the individual images strong compositionally and in their 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?”