Portfolio Prize - FAQs

I can’t find the Aperture Portfolio Prize on callforentry.org. What do I do?

Last year I received an “invitational call passcode.” I didn’t get one this year. What do I do?

Does a membership to Aperture Foundation qualify me for entry into the Portfolio Prize?

I receive a complementary subscription to Aperture magazine through my membership. Am I still eligible to submit to the Portfolio Prize?

How do I subscribe to Aperture magazine?

Where can I find my magazine account number?

I used to be a subscriber but let my subscription lapse. Can I still enter?

I subscribe to the online archive. Can I still enter?

What are Aperture’s editors looking for?

What is considered “new” or “recent” work?

Can a submission be considered for both the competition and as a book proposal? 

I have a book proposal; should I submit my work via the competition?

I’d prefer to skip the competition and submit my work directly to an Aperture editor. Is this possible?

I’m having trouble uploading my images and submitting my entry. Where can I get help?

Can I submit fewer than the required 10-15 images in the competition?

I am not a professional photographer or artist. Does that matter?

I would like to submit work that has already been published. Will that affect my chances of winning the Prize and being published in Aperture magazine?

If I live outside the continental United States, am I still eligible for entry?

I live outside the continental United States and the price of a print subscription is more expensive!

I create work as part of a team or collective. Can we enter work under our collective name?

What happens to work that is chosen as the first-prize winner or as a runner-up? 

If I am not selected, will I receive feedback and suggestions for my work?

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

What if I run out of time?

I still need help. Who can I contact?
 


I can’t find the Aperture Portfolio Prize on callforentry.org. What do I do?

This year, Aperture has teamed up with picter, an online photography submission management platform. When you start your submission, you’ll be prompted for free registration with picter, after which you’ll then need to enter your Aperture magazine account number to begin your application. Learn more about picter here.
 
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Last year I received an “invitational call passcode.” I didn’t get one this year. What do I do?

This year, the call is only open to Aperture magazine print subscribers, so the passcode has been replaced by unique account numbers. A current magazine account number is required to submit work to the Portfolio Prize. Visit aperture.org/magprize to subscribe. Once you’ve subscribed, you will receive an e-receipt containing your unique magazine account number that will be required to submit your entry.
 
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Does a membership to Aperture Foundation qualify me for entry into the Portfolio Prize?

No. Starting with the 2017 Portfolio Prize, a print subscription to Aperture magazine is the sole requirement for entry. Membership with Aperture Foundation is distinct from an Aperture magazine subscription.
 
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I receive a complementary subscription to Aperture magazine through my membership. Am I still eligible to submit to the Portfolio Prize?

Yes. If you are a Member of Aperture Foundation at the Friend level or above and you receive a complementary subscription, you can use your magazine account number to enter the call for entry at aperture.picter.com.

If you have questions regarding your magazine account number, please contact custsvc_aperture@fulcoinc.com.
 
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How do I subscribe to Aperture magazine?

To subscribe, please visit aperture.org/magprize to purchase a print subscription for $75 for one year (Canada $95; international $105) or $124 for two years. You’ll then receive an e-receipt containing your unique magazine account number, which is required to enter the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize.
 
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Where can I find my magazine account number?

If you recently subscribed or renewed your subscription online, please check your inbox for an e-receipt containing your unique magazine account number. Or, you can request it by sending an e-mail with your name and address to custsvc_aperture@fulcoinc.com.

For current subscribers, your account number and expiration date appears on the address card that is sent along with every issue. Please see below. Or, you can request them by sending an e-mail with your name and address to custsvc_aperture@fulcoinc.com.
 

 
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I used to be a subscriber but let my subscription lapse. Can I still enter?

Sorry, no. The prize is only open to current print subscribers. Visit aperture.org/magprize to renew your subscription.
 
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I subscribe to the online archive. Can I still enter?

Sorry, no. The prize is only open to current print subscribers. Visit aperture.org/magprize to subscribe.
 
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What are Aperture’s editors looking for?


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 viewed in other major publications or exhibition venues.
 
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What is considered “new” or “recent” work?


Work that has been completed within the past five years.
 
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Can a submission be considered for both the competition and as a book proposal?


Yes. Beyond the Aperture Portfolio Prize, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider work for any and all Aperture publications and exhibitions.
 
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I have a book proposal; should I submit my work via the competition?


Yes. Make a note at the top of your project description and please be sure to follow the entry requirements.
 
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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 reviewed or returned.
 
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I’m having trouble uploading my images and submitting my entry. Where can I get help?

Images must be at least 1,500 pixels on the longest side and saved as a JPG file. Other file types such as TIFF, PNG, and PSD are not permissible. If you continue to have issues uploading your images or completing your submission, visit the picter help center or e-mail the picter support team at support@picter.com.
 
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Can I submit fewer than the required 15 images in the competition?

You will need to submit a minimum of 10 images. The jurors are expecting to see a number of images that equate to a range—i.e., a portfolio of images—and therefore we will not accept submissions that contain fewer than 10 images.
 
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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.
 
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I would like to submit work that has already been published. Will that affect my chances of winning the Prize and being published in Aperture magazine?

It’s perfectly fine to submit work that has already been published, and no, it will not affect your chances of being selected as the winner.
 
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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 to the Aperture Portfolio Prize. The only requirement is that you are an Aperture magazine print subscriber.
 
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I live outside the continental United States and the price of a print subscription is more expensive!

Yes, the price of an Aperture magazine print subscription is more expensive for international subscribers because of international shipping costs.
 
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I create work as part of a team or collective. Can we enter work under our collective name?

Yes, providing at least one member of the duo or collective is an Aperture magazine print subscriber.
 
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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, an editorial staff member will contact the artist. The 2017 first-prize winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore in New York, and will also be published in the Winter 2017 issue of Aperture magazine. Work by the first-prize winner as well as the runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website with a statement about the work written by an Aperture editor or curatorial staff. We will also announce the winner and runners-up in an Aperture e-newsletter, which reaches over fifty thousand people in the photography community.
 
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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.
 
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Aperture’s old Portfolio Review used to accept hard-copy submissions. Will my work be at a disadvantage if viewed online?


No. 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.
 
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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 call closes Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.
 
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I still need help. Who can I contact?

Send an e-mail to apertureprize@aperture.org.
 
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