Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other -- in print, in person, and online.
Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as "common ground for the advancement of photography", Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally.
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.
The Aperture Portfolio Prize is open exclusively to Aperture magazine print subscribers. Click here to subscribe.
The first prize winner will be published in Aperture magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and exhibition in New York. The winner and up to four runners up will be featured in an online gallery on aperture.org. All finalists are announced in the foundation's e-newsletter, which reaches ninety thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. The winner and runners up may also be presented the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited edition print program.
When examining entries, Aperture's editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:
Biography with up to 1500 characters
Country of residence
CV with up to 2000 characters (or PDF file)
1 project per submission
10 to 15 images per project
File type must be JPG
At least 3000px on the long edge
Image date (year)
The Aperture Portfolio Prize jury is comprised of Aperture's experienced editors and curatorial staff. This year, the jury includes Chris Boot, executive director; Annette Booth, director of exhibitions management; Brendan Embser, managing editor of Aperture magazine; Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine; Nicole Acheampong, editorial assistant of Aperture magazine; Taia Kwinter, managing editor of the book program; Samantha Marlow, associate editor of books; Lesley A. Martin, creative director; Kellie McLaughlin, director of the limited-edition print program; Lanah Swindle, editorial assistant of the book program; and Denise Wolff, senior editor of books.