Aperture Summer Open - Entry Details

Deadline and Timeframe:
  • Entries for the 2015 Aperture Summer Open will be accepted from Monday, February 9, 2015, until Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at 12:00 noon eastern time.
  • Absolutely no exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow ample time to complete your entry, submitting well in advance of the deadline.
  • Photographers included in the exhibition will be contacted by June 1, 2015. You will be responsible for delivering your work(s) to Aperture, at your expense. If selected for the exhibition, additional information regarding the terms of loan of your work(s) will be provided.
Entry Requirements:

Entry requirements have changed for 2015 in response to Member and magazine subscriber feedback. Entrants must now be current Aperture Foundation Members through April 10, 2015, OR an Aperture magazine print subscriber through the Summer issue #219.

Aperture Magazine Print Subscription

To subscribe to Aperture magazine, please visit aperture.org/summeropenmag. Upon purchase, you will receive a unique entry code that will allow you to enter the 2015 Summer Open.

If you are already a print subscriber, you should have received an e-mail on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 containing a unique entry code that will allow you to enter. If you did not receive this code or are unsure of your current subscriber status, please contact summeropen@aperture.org.

Aperture Foundation Membership

To purchase your membership, please visit aperture.org/join. Upon purchase, you will receive a unique entry code that will allow you to enter the 2015 Summer Open.

If you are already an Aperture Foundation Member, should have received an e-mail on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 containing a unique entry code that will allow you to enter. If you did not receive this code or are unsure of your current Member status, please contact summeropen@aperture.org.

What to Submit:

Photographs entered should be contemporary (made within the last five years) and must be from a single series.To complete your entry, you will need the following:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • The name your work should be credited to, if different from above
  • A current resume or 150 word biography
  • Between 6 and 12 images along with the date the photograph was created, plus caption or title
  • Final exhibition print size (paper size and image size)
  • Statement of up to 250 words about the work submitted

Photographs selected will be shown unframed, and attached to the walls of the gallery with pins or magnets.

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 membership fee or Aperture magazine subscription.

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) selected 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.

Aperture Foundation accepts 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.

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 short list for the exhibition. (Some entries will be featured on the Aperture Foundation blog.)

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 reserves complete creative control over the exhibition’s design, including selection, layout, hanging, and framing. It is understood that prints in the exhibition may be hung without frames and with pins or magnets.

If selected for the exhibition, additional information regarding the terms of loan of your work(s) will be provided.

No exceptions will be made for late submissions.

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