Aperture Summer Open 2015 - FAQs

 
 

How can I submit my work to the Aperture Summer Open?
 
How do I become a Member of Aperture Foundation?
 
I am an Aperture magazine subscriber; can I submit to the Summer Open?
 
I am not a professional photographer or artist. Does that matter?
 
If I live outside the continental United States, am I still eligible for entry?
 
I create work as part of a team or collective. Can we enter work under our collective name?
 
I’m not a technical person. Is the online submission process difficult?
 
How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?
 
Can I submit more than twelve images to the competition?
 
I would much rather show prints instead of submitting digital images. Is that possible?
 
What if I run out of time?
 
Is it possible for me to speak with Charlotte Cotton or an Aperture editor directly about my submission?
 
If I am not selected, will I receive feedback on and suggestions for my work?
 
My work must be installed in a specific way, using special equipment. Can the gallery accommodate this?
 
I can’t afford to ship framed artwork to Aperture; can I send an unframed exhibition print?
 
Where can I get involved in discussions about the Aperture Summer Open?
 
I still need help. Who can I contact?

 
 
 
 

How can I submit my work to the Aperture Summer Open?

All submissions to the Summer Open are accepted through callforentry.org (CaFÉ). You can learn how to apply to calls through CaFÉ here.

Once you’ve registered and have populated your portfolio, you will need to “unlock” the call with a unique invitational call passcode.


To receive the invitational call passcode, you will need to be a current Member of Aperture Foundation. Upon purchase of your membership gift, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the passcode, allowing you to enter the Summer Open at callforentry.org.

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How do I become a Member of Aperture Foundation?

To become a Member or to renew your membership, please visit aperture.org/join. Upon purchase, you will receive a unique invitational passcode that qualifies you to enter the Summer Open at callforentry.org at no additional cost.

Please note that a subscription to or purchase of Aperture magazine does NOT constitute a membership to Aperture.

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I am an Aperture magazine subscriber; can I submit to the Summer Open?

No—entry requirements have changed for 2016. Only Aperture Members are permitted to enter the Summer Open; magazine subscribers are permitted to enter the Aperture Portfolio Prize.

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

No. Entries are welcome from anyone who makes photographs. The idea of this exhibition is that it is inclusive, and work will not be chosen on the basis of the photographer’s status. It is the photograph or the artwork that counts.

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

Yes, applicants living outside the U.S. are absolutely eligible for entry into the Aperture Summer Open. However, please note that you will be responsible for all costs associated with creating and shipping the work(s) to and from Aperture Foundation in New York.

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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 a current Aperture Member. To check on your membership status, please contact us at membership@aperture.org.

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I’m not a technical person. Is the online submission process difficult?

You will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions here.

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How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?

The image-preparation specifications can be found here.

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Can I submit more than twelve images to the competition?

No. Entrants may submit between one and twelve images, but not more.

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I would much rather show prints instead of submitting digital images. Is that possible?

No. Digital review has now become 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. Regrettably, we are unable to consider entries that are not submitted digitally.

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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.

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Is it possible for me to speak with Charlotte Cotton or an Aperture editor directly about my submission?

Regrettably, we are not able to offer any individual consultation to photographers considering entry to the Aperture Summer Open.

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If I am not selected, will I receive feedback on 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 artist resources page to find information about review opportunities, including in-person reviews and other competitions and awards.

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My work must be installed in a specific way, using special equipment. Can the gallery accommodate this?

Yes, to an extent. It is very important that, if your work requires installation beyond hanging a simple framed or unframed print, you mention this in the image description section (featured below) when uploading your media to callforentry.org. It is also up to you to provide any special equipment needed for viewing your work (i.e., a slide projector, analog television, etc.).

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I can’t afford to ship framed artwork to Aperture; can I send an unframed exhibition print?

Yes, you can send an unframed exhibition print. However, please note that Aperture will not frame the work. It will be hung with either pins or magnets.

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Where can I get involved in discussions about the Aperture Summer Open?

To connect with us and ask questions to the curator of the 2016 Aperture Summer Open, Charlotte Cotton, follow Aperture Foundation on Facebook, @aperturefnd on Twitter, and @aperturefnd on Instagram. Stay tuned for updates and answers to your questions.

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I still need help. Who can I contact?

Send an e-mail to summeropen@aperture.org. We will post answers to especially relevant questions on this page, on an ongoing basis.

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