Aperture Summer Open - FAQs
What is the entry fee to submit to the Summer Open?
We are launching the 2020 Aperture Summer Open with a reduced submission fee of $10 through April 4. After April 4, the entry fee for the Summer Open will be $30. If you’re an Aperture Member you can enter for free using a discount code which will be sent to you via email.
Please note, your membership must be valid through April 29, 2020 in order to qualify for the discount code.
When does the call close and open?
The call opens Monday, March 26, 2020 at 7:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. The call closes Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
I’m a Member, where can I find my discount code?
If you recently became a Member or renewed your membership online, please check your inbox for an email containing the discount code. Or, you can request it by sending an e-mail to [email protected]
Where can I sign up for a Picter account?
Visit picter.com to sign up for a free account.
How do I become an Aperture Member?
To become a Member or to renew your membership, please visit aperture.org/join. Upon purchase, you will receive a discount code 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 for free?
Sorry, no. The Summer Open is only free for Members whose membership is current through April 29, 2020.
Does a subscription or purchase of Aperture magazine qualify me for free 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.
Can I submit individual images from different projects?
We would prefer for you to submit from one body of work or project. The curators of the Summer Open are looking for a cohesive body of work that speaks to this year’s theme. However, this body of work does not need to be completed; your images can be from an ongoing project.
Can I submit more than one portfolio?
No, you may only submit one portfolio.
Can I edit my portfolio once it has already been submitted?
I am not a professional photographer or artist. Does that matter?
No. We welcome entries from anyone who makes photographs. The mission of this exhibition is to be 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?
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 3000 pixels on the longest side and saved as a JPG file. Other file types such as TIFF, PNG, and PSD are not permissible. You can also try using a different web browser; Google Chrome tends to work best. 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 [email protected].
How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?
The image-preparation specifications can be found here.
What happens to work that is selected?
If your work is selected, you will be notified in May 2020. 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 August 4, 2020. 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 Sunday, May 3, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Where can I get involved in discussions about the Summer Open?
To connect with us and ask questions regarding the 2020 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 protected].