Deadline February 28th: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2013

Aperture Foundation
Call for Entries: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2013

Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 12:00 noon EST
Entry Fee: $25 + Current subscription to Aperture magazine.

“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.

Submission Guidelines

  • 15 images with title/caption information
  • Resume/CV
  • 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, here.

Competition Criteria
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?”

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