Deadline November 27th: Aperture Portfolio Prize 2014

Call for Entries: Portfolio Prize 2014
Deadline: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm EST

Fee: $75 for 15 images

“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. Previous winners and runners-up include Michal Chelbin, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Alexander Gronsky, Sarah Palmer, Bryan Schutmaat, and Jordan Tate, among others.

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, where their images will be accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches forty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to offer their prints via the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.”

Submission Guidelines
$75 entry fee includes one annual individual membership in Aperture’s new membership program and covers entrance into the 2014 Portfolio Prize competition and the new, annual Summer Open exhibition. If you are already a member, there is no additional fee to enter. To receive a discount code that will waive the entry fee, contact

To enter, go to; once you are registered (free), you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Four-digit Aperture membership ID number
  • Statement of up to 250 words about your work
  • Résumé/CV
  • 15 images with title/caption information

If you are already a member, to receive your membership ID number, along with a discount code that will waive the entry fee, contact New members, please enter ’0000′ when asked for your membership ID number.

Artists may submit up to two separate portfolios of 15 images each. A separate CAFÉ profile and application, filed under the same name and contact information, is required for each entry. A $25 fee must be paid for each additional entry. To receive a discount code adjusting the entry fee for second portfolios, please contact

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 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?”

For the full prospectus and to apply go to:


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