Aperture Summer Open - FAQs

How do I become a Member of Aperture Foundation?

To become a Member, please visit aperture.org/join. Upon purchase, you will receive a unique entry code that will allow you to enter.

Does subscribing to Aperture magazine qualify me for entry into the Summer Open and/or Portfolio Prize?

No. As of 2013, participation in Aperture’s membership program is the sole entry requirement of the Aperture Summer Open and the Aperture Portfolio Prize. However, each Aperture Member is offered a reduced-price subscription to Aperture magazine.

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 that counts.

If I live outside the continental United States, am I still eligible for entry?

Yes, applicants living outside the U.S. are absolutely eligible for entry into the Aperture Summer Open. However, please note that you will be responsible for all costs associated with creating and shipping the unframed exhibition print to Aperture Foundation in New York.

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 a member of Aperture Foundation.

I’m not a technical person. Is the online submission process difficult?


You will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions at callforentry.org.

How should I digitally prepare my images for entry?

The image-preparation specifications can be found here.

How many images should I submit to the Summer Open?

You may submit up to ten images. If the work you are submitting is in a series, it’s probably a good idea to submit ten images to give the best sense of the series, although it’s unlikely that all of the images will be chosen for inclusion in the exhibition.When uploading your images, CAFÉ will require that all ten image slots be filled with an uploaded file. If you want to upload fewer than ten, simply fill the remaining slots by uploading duplicates of the images you want to submit. The duplicate images will just be disregarded. This way, you can submit as few as you like. Please don’t submit any images that you don’t want to be chosen!

I would much rather the curator review a physical entry instead of 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.

What if I run out of time?


No exceptions will be made for late submissions. Please allow for ample time to complete your entry.

Is it possible for me to talk to an Aperture editor about my submission?

Regrettably, we are not able to offer any individual consultation to photographers considering entry to the Aperture Summer Open. However, we invite you to post a video question on Instagram using the hashtag #aperturesummeropen, and Chris Boot might respond directly to your question via @aperturenyc.

If I am not selected, will I receive feedback on 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 kind of work is Chris Boot most interested in seeing?

Chris Boot, curator of the first Summer Open and executive director of Aperture Foundation, wants to discover what interests photographers today. He hopes to view a wide variety of photographs, from documentary to conceptual, from which he will shape an exhibition that makes a statement about the character of photography today.

I prefer my pictures to be seen in frames. If I am selected, may I submit my photographs in a frame, and pay for the shipping, etc.?

No. Showing work unframed is part of the Summer Open concept. Presenting work unframed creates a level playing field, and makes the project logistically straightforward. Some work may be shown on digital screens. You will be asked as you enter whether you are willing for your work to be shown on a screen as an alternative to being shown as an unframed print.

I still need help. Who can I contact?

Send an e-mail to summeropen@aperture.org. We will post answers to especially relevant questions on this page, on an ongoing basis.

Where can I get involved in discussions about the Aperture Summer Open?

Visit us on Facebook. We invite you to post a video question on Instagram using the hashtag #aperturesummeropen, and Chris Boot might respond directly to your question via @aperturenyc.

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