Aperture Summer Open - FAQs
Where can I find my invitational passcode?
If you recently became a Member or renewed your membership online, please check your inbox for an e-receipt containing your invitational passcode. Or, you can request it by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I become a Member?
To become a Member or to renew your membership, please visit aperture.org/join. Upon purchase, you will receive a unique invitational passcode that will allow you to enter the Summer Open at picter.com for no additional cost.
Please note that a subscription to or purchase of Aperture magazine does NOT constitute a membership to Aperture.
I used to be a Member. Can I still enter?
Sorry, no. The Summer Open is only open to Members whose membership is current through April 6, 2017. Visit aperture.org/join to renew your membership.
Does a subscription or purchase of Aperture magazine qualify me for entry into the Summer Open?
No. A subscription (print or digital) is distinct from a membership to Aperture Foundation. To become a Member, please visit aperture.org/join.
I can’t find the Aperture Summer Open on callforentry.org. What do I do?
This year, Aperture has teamed up with Picter, an online photography submission management platform. When you start your submission, you’ll be prompted for free registration with Picter, after which you’ll then need to enter your invitational passcode to begin your submission. Learn more about Picter here.
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.
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 an Aperture Member and that their membership is current through April 6, 2017. To check your membership status, please contact us at email@example.com.
If I live outside the continental United States, am I still eligible for entry?
Yes, applicants living outside the U.S. are absolutely eligible to submit to the 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.
I’m having trouble uploading my images and submitting my entry. Where can I get help?
Images must be at least 1500 pixels on the longest side and saved as a JPG file. Other file types such as TIFF, PNG, and PSD are not permissible. If you continue to have issues uploading your images or completing your submission, visit Picter’s help center or e-mail the Picter support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?
The image-preparation specifications can be found here.
Can I submit more than one project to the Summer Open?
Yes. You can submit two different projects. You can upload 5-10 images per project.
What happens to work that is selected?
If your work is selected, you will be notified by June 1, 2017. It is up to you to produce and deliver the work (both to and from Aperture Gallery in New York) at your own expense before July 1, 2017. If selected for the exhibition, additional information regarding the terms of loan of your work(s) will be provided.
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.
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. It is also up to you to provide any special equipment needed for viewing your work (i.e., a slide projector, analog television, etc.).
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.
If I am not selected, will I receive feedback 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 resources page to find information about review opportunities, including in-person reviews and other competitions and awards.
What if I run out of time?
No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for ample time to complete your entry. The call closes Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.
Where can I get involved in discussions about the Summer Open?
To connect with us and ask questions regarding the 2017 Aperture Summer Open, follow Aperture Foundation on Facebook, @aperturefnd on Twitter, and @aperturefnd on Instagram. Stay tuned for updates and answers to your questions.
I still need help. Who can I contact?
Send an e-mail to email@example.com.