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Aperture Portfolio Prize 2014
ATTN: Aperture Portfolio Prize
547 W. 27th St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 946-7148

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Call Type: Photography
Eligibility: International
State: New York
Entry Deadline: 11/27/13
Application Closed
Media Images:15

Entry Fee (Aperture Portfolio Prize 2014): $75.00

The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. 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. Previous winners and runners-up include Michal Chelbin, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Alexander Gronsky, Sarah Palmer, Bryan Schutmaat, and Jordan Tate, among others. Portfolio Prize – Guidelines: Prizes: First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, where their images will be accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches forty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to offer their prints via the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program. Deadline and Time Frame: • The entry period for the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize opens on Monday, September 30, 2013. To be eligible, entries must be received by Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 12:00 pm EDT. • Absolutely no exceptions are made for late submissions. Please allow ample time to complete your entry, submitting well in advance of the deadline. • All entrants will be contacted with final results by the end of March 2014. Entry Requirements:. • $75 entry fee includes one annual individual membership in Aperture’s new membership program and covers entrance into the 2014 Portfolio Prize competition and the new, annual Summer Open exhibition. If you are already a member, there is no additional fee to enter. To receive a discount code that will waive the entry fee, contact Note: Your support as a new Aperture Foundation member is integral to our publishing, education, and public programs. Membership starts at $75 annually and includes invitations to special events, exclusive discounts on Aperture publications, and opportunities to meet artists and engage with leaders in the photo community. Membership is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information on membership benefits, visit How to Enter: To enter, starting on Monday, September 30, 2013, go to, where you will find a link to the Aperture Portfolio Prize competition along with step-by-step instructions on how to register. This user-friendly process was developed specifically for artists by the Western States Arts Federation. Once you are registered, you will be asked to provide the following: • 15 images with title/caption information Note: Artists may submit up to two separate portfolios of 15 images each. A separate CAFÉ profile and application, filed under the same name and contact information, is required for each entry. A $25 fee must be paid for each additional entry. To receive a discount code adjusting the entry fee for second portfolios, please contact • Statement of up to 250 words about your work • Résumé/CV • $75 entry fee, payable during the online entry process Competition Criteria:
 When examining competition entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria: • Is the work new, e.g., created in the last five years? • Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio in a consistent manner? • Are the individual images strong compositionally and in their use of color or tone? • What technical and presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for using sepia-toned black and white versus a digitally enhanced palette? • Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter? Aperture reserves the right to reject entries that are not submitted properly. Submissions should come directly from artists, not from galleries or representatives. Again, no exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow ample time to complete your entry. Additional questions? Find answers at: Contact:

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