Portfolio Prize - FAQs

Portfolio Prize – FAQs

How do I become a member of Aperture Foundation?
To purchase your membership, please visit aperture.org/join. You will receive an e-receipt containing a unique invitational call passcode to enter the 2016 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Starting on Thursday, October 1, 2015, you may use this code to enter at www.callforentry.org.

Where can I find my invitational call passcode?
If you recently purchased a new membership online, please check your inbox for an e-receipt containing an invitational call passcode. Please allow for at least one business day for your membership to be processed and the e-receipt to be sent.

If your annual membership is current through December 6, 2015, there is no additional fee to enter the Portfolio Prize. Please check your inbox for an e-mail containing an invitational call passcode.

Does subscription to Aperture magazine qualify me for entry into the Portfolio Prize?
No. As of 2013, only membership with Aperture Foundation permits entry into the Aperture Summer Open and Aperture Portfolio Prize. Subscription to Aperture magazine is distinct from membership with Aperture Foundation. By joining as a member of Aperture Foundation, you are making a tax-deductible donation in support of our programming.

To renew or purchase a new membership, please visit aperture.org/join.

Please note: Aperture Foundation memberships are non-refundable.

What are Aperture’s editors looking for?
While all work submitted will be considered for one of the prizes or publication beyond the competition, in choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, we hope to recognize innovative work that pushes the boundaries of what has been seen or done before. We are looking for work that is fresh and hasn’t been widely seen in other major publications or exhibition venues.

What is considered “new” or “recent” work?
Work that has been created within the past five years.

Can a submission be considered for both the competition and as a book proposal?
Yes. Beyond the Aperture Portfolio Prize, judges will consider the work for any and all Aperture publications and exhibitions.

I have a book proposal; should I submit my work via the competition?
Yes. Make a note at the top of your statement and please be sure to follow the entry requirements.

How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?
The image preparation specifications can be found here.

Can I submit more than 15 images to the competition?
Yes, artists can submit a second portfolios of 15 images for an additional $25 fee. If you would like to submit more than one portfolio, contact apertureprize@aperture.org.

Can I submit fewer than 15 images in a single entry to the competition?
For each entry, you may submit any number of images, provided you do not exceed fifteen images. CaFÉ will require that all fifteen image “slots” be filled with an uploaded file. If you wish to submit fewer than fifteen images in your application, simply upload duplicate images into the remaining image slots. The duplicate images will be disregarded.

I am not a professional photographer or artist. Does that matter?
No. 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.

If I live outside the continental United States, am I still eligible for entry?
Yes, applicants living anywhere in the world are absolutely eligible for entry into the Aperture Portfolio Prize.

I create work as part of a team or collective. Can we enter work under our collective name?
Yes, providing one member of the duo or collective is an Aperture Member.

I’d prefer to skip the competition and submit my work directly to an Aperture editor. Is this possible?
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of requests, it is not possible for Aperture’s editors to review material outside of the Aperture Portfolio Prize competition. Unsolicited work will not be returned.

What happens to work that is chosen as the first-prize winner or as a runner-up?
Once an entrant has been chosen for the first prize or as a runner-up, that person will be contacted by Aperture staff. The 2016 first-prize winner will receive $3,000 and an exhibition hosted by Aperture Gallery. Work by the first-prize winner as well as the runners-up will be featured on the Aperture website. We also will announce the winners in an Aperture e-newsletter and the winner and all runners-up will have the opportunity to participate in Aperture’s limited-edition print program.

If I am not selected, will I receive feedback and suggestions for my work?
Due to the large number of entries, it is not possible to provide personalized feedback for entrants. Please see our Resources page to find information about review opportunities, including in-person reviews and other competitions and awards.

Aperture’s old Portfolio Review used to accept hard-copy submissions. Will my work be at a disadvantage if viewed online?

Aperture’s editors are accustomed to evaluating photography via computer monitors. This is quickly becoming standard practice for more and more juried competitions and reviews. If your scans are good quality, we will easily make the mental leap from the computer screen to the actual work.

What if I run out of time?
No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for ample time to complete your entry. The deadline for the 2016 Portfolio Prize is Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 12:00 noon EST.

I still need help. Who can I contact?
Send an e-mail to apertureprize@aperture.org. We will post answers to especially relevant questions on this page, on an ongoing basis.

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