Welcome to the Aperture Portfolio Prize, an international competition to discover, exhibit, and publish new talents in photography!

The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify high-quality work by new voices in contemporary photography. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial 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 along with an exhibition at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore in New York. Additionally, the winner and up to four runners-up will be featured in an online gallery on All finalists are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches over fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community.

The call will open on Thursday, December 1, 2016. We’ll be accepting submissions until Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 12:00 noon EST.
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past winners


Eli Durst

View Portfolio Runners up

Bill Durgin
Sean Thomas Foulkes
RaMell Ross


Drew Nikonowicz

View Portfolio Runners up

Lisa Elmaleh
Heikki Kaski
Laurence Rasti

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