2018 Summer Open

The Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery in New York, featuring a wide variety of work by photographers from around the world. Selected by a jury of leading editors and critics, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on key themes and trends driving contemporary photography. The exhibition opens the doors of the foundation to photographers of all ages, at all points in their careers, as we seek to promote new ideas and talent.

The theme of the 2018 Aperture Summer Open is “The Way We Live Now.” The curators seek new bodies of work by photographers defining a moment of rapid change in culture, politics, technology, and self-expression. Across ideas of beauty and style, landscape and environment, and media and connectivity, how do photographs define the currents and contradictions of our moment?

The 2018 Aperture Summer Open is curated by Brendan Wattenberg, managing editor, Aperture magazine; Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor, the New Yorker; Marvin Orellana, photo editor, New York magazine; and Antwaun Sargent, independent writer and critic.

Visit the Summer Open Picter page to enter!

Call Opens: Monday, February 19, 2018
Call Closes: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Entry Requirements: One project consisting of 8-12 images

Entry Fees: $30 or free for Aperture members


2017 Aperture Summer Open: A Conversation With Eric Gottesman from For Freedoms

Aperture recently spoke with Eric Gottesman about photographic liberation.

2016 Aperture Summer Open: A Conversation with Charlotte Cotton

The curator of Aperture’s Summer Open speaks about the relationship between photography and magic.

The Call Begins: The 2016 Summer Open

The call officially begins for the 2016 Summer Open, Aperture’s third annual open-submission exhibition

Recap: 2015 Aperture Summer Open Opening Reception

A recap of the Aperture Summer Open opening reception on July 16th, 2015 at Aperture gallery.

Inside Summer Open Selections

A sneak peak at the selections for the Summer Open, opening at Aperture Gallery on July 16.

Announcing the 2015 Summer Open

From over five hundred applicants, twenty-four photographers consider the ways in which our current reality might outpace outlandish narratives of science fiction.

A Q&A on the 2015 Aperture Summer Open

Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti on his choice of this year’s Summer Open theme and his selection process.

Aperture Summer Open
Call for Entries is now Open!

Announcing our 2015 Summer Open Exhibition, “Black Mirror.” Deadline for entry is April 8.

#FF: 13 Aperture Summer Open
Photographers on Instagram

From the wide group of photographers featured in the exhibition, we’ve chosen a few Instagram accounts worth following.

Recap: 2014 Aperture Summer Open Opening Reception

A recap of the Aperture Summer Open opening reception on July 17th, 2014 at Aperture gallery.

Preview: 2014 Aperture Summer Open Exhibition

Aperture executive director Chris Boot on his selections for Aperture’s first annual Summer Open Exhibition at Aperture Gallery.

2014 Call for Entries is Now Closed!

The entry period for the 2014 Aperture Summer Open is now closed. Thanks for entering!

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