30 Oct 2018

Competitions Aperture Magazine’ Portfolio Prize

Aperture FoundationNew York, New York, United States

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Opportunity Description

International Deadline: January 23, 2019 – Aperture magazine is now accepting entries for our annual ‘Aperture Portfolio Prize’.

The first-prize winner will be published in Aperture magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize along with an exhibition in New York. Additionally, the winner and up to four runners-up will be featured in an online gallery on aperture.org. All finalists are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches over fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. The winner and runners-up may also have an opportunity to participate in Aperture Foundation’s limited-edition print program.

This year, the sole entry requirement for entering the Portfolio Prize is to be an Aperture magazine print subscriber. Subscriptions must be current through Spring 2019, issue #234.

Once you’ve registered, you will need to provide the following before the January 23, 2019 deadline:

  1. Aperture magazine account number (required)15 images with title/caption information
  2. Statement about your work (250 words maximum)
  3. CV/Résumé
  4. Bio (250 words maximum)

When examining entries, Aperture’s editors and curatorial staff will consider the following criteria:

  • Is the work new, i.e., created in the past five years?
  • Is a theme or topic carried throughout the portfolio in a fully resolved, consistent manner?
  • Are each of the images individually strong?
  • What technical and presentation choices has the photographer made, and are they appropriate for the work? For example, is there a clear reason for the work being in black and white versus a digitally enhanced palette?
  • Does the body of work take an innovative or unique approach to the subject matter?


  • January 23, 2019: Deadline. Call for entries closes at 11:59 p.m. EST. Absolutely no exceptions are made for late submissions. Please allow ample time to subscribe to the magazine and complete your entry, submitting well in advance of the deadline.
  • April 2019: Announcement of shortlisted finalists.
  • April 2019: Announcement of winner.
  • December 2019: Winner is published in the Winter 2019 issue of Aperture magazine.
  • December 20189–February 2020: Exhibition of the winning portfolio is on view in New York.

Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other — in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography”, Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally.

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001
t: 212.505.5555

Opp Categories: Photography Only. Opp Types: Competitions and Print & Art. Opp Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb and Open to Artists Worldwide. Income: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition – Group, and Publication.

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