Aperture Portfolio Prize 2024

3,000 cash prize, a $1,000 gift card to shop for gear


Entries are welcome from anyone who makes photographs. This program is inclusive, and work will not be chosen on the basis of the status of the photographer. It is the portfolio that counts.

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


The first prize winner will be published in Aperture magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize, a $1,000 gift card to shop for gear at mpb.com, and an exhibition organized by Aperture in New York City.

Shortlist: The four artists chosen for the shortlist will receive their own feature on aperture.org and be highlighted on Aperture’s digital channels across email, social, and web.

All Finalists: The winner, shortlist, and twenty additional finalists will all receive a virtual portfolio review session with an Aperture editor. All twenty-five finalists will be announced by Aperture, reaching subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community.



Copyrights & Usage Rights:

While copyright of all work submitted for the Portfolio Prize remains with the respective entrants, the entrant grants to Aperture a worldwide, irrevocable, and perpetual license to reproduce representative examples of the submitted entries in any of their publications, websites, and/or promotional material, strictly in connection with the Portfolio Prize, and with reference to the photographer as relevant in each case.


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