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 community, engaged with photography as a language of ideas and committed to the medium’s contributions to the urgent issues in society and contemporary culture.
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 up to four runners up, Aperture’s editorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.
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 shortlisted artists will each have their own feature on aperture.org and will be featured across Aperture’s social media channels. 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 shortlist may also be presented the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited edition print program.
In addition, twenty-five total finalists (comprised of the winner, 4 shortlisted artists, and 20 runner-ups) will receive a virtual portfolio review session with an Aperture Editor. These one-on-one sessions will offer artists the opportunity to receive thoughtful and constructive feedback on their work.
When examining entries, Aperture's editors and staff will consider the following criteria:
Entries are welcome from anyone who makes photographs. This program is inclusive, and work will not be chosen on the basis of the status of the photographer. It is the portfolio that counts.
The sole entry requirement for entering the Portfolio Prize is to be an Aperture magazine print subscriber. Subscriptions must be current through Spring 2022, issue #246. To subscribe, please visit aperture.org/magprize. Failure to provide an accurate print subscription magazine account number will result in the disqualification of the submission.
Country of residence
Biography with up to 1500 characters
CV with up to 2000 characters (or PDF file)
Agency representation status
Gallery representation status
1 project per submission
10 to 15 files per project
Allowed file types: JPG
At least 3000px on the long edge
Image date (year)
The Aperture Portfolio Prize jury comprises Aperture's experienced editors and staff. This year, the jury includes Lesley A. Martin, creative director; Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine; Denise Wolff, senior editor of books; Brendan Embser, senior managing editor of Aperture magazine; Samantha Marlow, associate editor of books; Cassidy Paul, digital editor; and Lanah Swindle, editorial assistant of the book program.