Aperture Summer Open - FAQs

Do I have to be an Aperture Foundation Member AND an Aperture magazine subscriber?

No, entry requirements have changed for 2015 in response to Member and magazine subscriber feedback. Entrants must now be Aperture Foundation Members OR an Aperture magazine print subscriber through the Summer issue #219.

To become a Member, please visit aperture.org/join. Upon purchase, you will receive a unique entry code that will allow you to enter at callforentry.org.

To become an Aperture magazine print subscriber, please visit aperture.org/summeropenmag. Upon purchase, you will receive a unique entry code that will allow you to enter at callforentry.org.

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 that counts.

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 unframed exhibition print(s) to Aperture Foundation in New York.

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 OR Aperture magazine print subscriber. To check on your Member and/or magazine subscriber status, please contact us at summeropen@aperture.org.

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

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

How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?

The image-preparation specifications can be found here.

Can I submit more than twelve images to the competition?

No. Photographers may submit between six and twelve photographs, but not more.

Can I submit less than six images to the competition?

No. The curator of the 2015 Aperture Summer Open is interested in viewing a full series of related images to better understand the photographer and his or her work.

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.

What if I run out of time?

No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for ample time to complete your entry.

Is it possible for me to speak with Michael Famighetti or another 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.

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.

I prefer my pictures to be seen in frames. If I am selected, may I submit my photographs in a frame, and pay for the shipping, etc.?

No. Showing work unframed is part of the Summer Open concept. Presenting work unframed creates a level playing field, and makes the project logistically straightforward.

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

To connect with us and ask Michael Famighetti, the 2015 Aperture Summer Open curator a question, follow Aperture Foundation on Facebook, @aperturefnd on Twitter, and @aperturenyc on Instagram. Stay tuned for updates and answers to your questions.

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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