Aperture Summer Open - Entry Details

How can photographs provide information at a moment when ideas about truth and power have been disrupted? The curators of the 2020 Aperture Summer Open, Information, seek new bodies of work by photographers and lens-based artists who seek to portray experiences of globalization, technology, and politics, and the dynamic changes to personal and social identity charted by mass media today. Inspired by the Museum of Modern Art’s 1970 exhibition Information, in which artists directly engaged with pressing global issues, this year’s Summer Open seeks exciting works that broadcast new ways of viewing our present—and our future. As Kynaston McShine, curator of the original Information, famously asked, “What can you as a young artist do that seems relevant and meaningful?”

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

The 2020 Aperture Summer Open is curated by Brendan Embser, managing editor of Aperture magazine, with Farah Al Qasimi, artist; Amanda Hajjar, director of exhibitions at Fotografiska; Kristen Lubben, executive director of the Magnum Foundation; and Paul Moakley, editor at large for special projects at TIME.

This year, Aperture is excited to announce that the Aperture Summer Open will be exhibited at Fotografiska New York.

How to Enter:
  • Upload your submission at Picter.com.
  • Fee: $10 until April 4. $30 from April 4 – April 29, Free for Aperture Members.
  • If you are a Member, you will receive a discount code via email. If you do not receive a discount code, please contact [email protected] .
Deadline and Timeframe:
  • March 26, 2020: Call opens.
  • April 29, 2020 11:59 p.m. EST: Submission deadline. Absolutely no exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow ample time to complete your entry, submitting well in advance of the deadline.
  • May 2020: Notification of selected artists.
  • Exhibition details to be announced

*As stated in our terms and conditions, you will be responsible for producing your work(s) as well as for the delivery and retrieval of your work to and from Aperture, at your own expense. If selected for the exhibition, additional information regarding the terms of loan of your work(s) will be provided.

Entry Requirements:

All Summer Open entrants must pay the entry fee or be current Aperture  Members through April 29, 2020.

To become a new Aperture Member or to renew your membership and submit work to the Summer Open at no additional cost, please visit aperture.org/join.

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

If you are already an Aperture Member, you should receive an e-mail containing the discount code that will allow you to enter. If you do not receive this code or are unsure of your current membership status, please contact [email protected]

What to Submit:
  • Maximum of one project
  • Minimum of 8 images, max 12
  • Image size: min. 3000px on the long side, sRGB
  • Project description with up to 1500 characters
  • Biography and CV (one page max)

We want to know how you wish to display your work. If your work requires specific installation instructions or additional required equipment or materials, please be sure to note this in the description. It is to be understood that prints provided unframed for the exhibition will be hung without frames, using pins or magnets. For more information visit our FAQs.

Terms and Conditions:

Aperture Foundation reserves the right to reject entries that are submitted without the required information, or that do not meet the criteria of eligibility, without any obligation to enter into any further discussion regarding curator’s decisions, and without obligation to refund the entrant’s submission fee.

The curator’s decisions shall be final. No correspondence shall be entered into by Aperture Foundation, nor its representatives, regarding the decisions of the curator(s).

Aperture Foundation reserves the right to reject submitted print(s) of photograph(s) or artworks for inclusion in the exhibition for any reason, including print quality.

While copyright of all work submitted for this exhibition remains with the respective entrants, the entrant grants to Aperture Foundation a worldwide, irrevocable, and perpetual license to reproduce representative examples of the submitted entries in any of their publications, websites, and/or in any promotional material, strictly in connection with the exhibition, and with reference to the photographer as relevant in each case.

Details of particular entries may be at the discretion of Aperture Foundation and may be released to the press to promote the exhibition, including before the announcement of the shortlist for the exhibition. Some entries may be featured on the Aperture Foundation blog.

Aperture Foundation accept no responsibility for entries that are lost or damaged in transit.

Representatives of Aperture Foundation are not available to review unsolicited materials received except as entered via the Summer Open exhibition.

Applicants warrant that the entry submission is the original work of the artist and, as such, the artist is the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted work, and that the party submitting has the right to submit the work for exhibition and grant all required licenses. Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that (1) infringes any third party’s proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights, or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, privacy, publicity, or confidentiality obligations; and (2) otherwise violates the applicable state, federal, provincial, or local law.

Aperture Foundation reserve complete creative control over the exhibition’s design, including selection, layout, and hanging. It is understood that prints provided unframed for the exhibition will be hung without frames, using pins or magnets.

If selected for the exhibition, additional information regarding the terms of loan of your work(s) will be provided. It should be understood that delivery of artwork(s) to Aperture, as well as retrieving artwork(s) from Aperture after the exhibition, is the responsibility of the artist.

No exceptions will be made for late submissions.

By submitting your work to the 2020 Aperture Summer Open, you are found to be in agreement of the terms and conditions listed above.

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