The Aperture Portfolio Prize is looking for the best new photography talent

The first prize winner will receive a feature in Aperture magazine, $3,000, and an exhibition in New York.

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Mark McKnight won the top prize in 2019 for his body of work that challenged Eurocentric idea of beauty related to the male form.Mark McKnight

Aperture Foundation’s annual international photography competition is looking to elevate up-and-coming talent with a $3,000 cash prize and a chance to be published in Aperture magazine. You have until January 22 to submit to the competition.

The Aperture editors are looking for bodies or work created in the past five years without wide publication. The criteria also consider technical proficiency and whether or not the photographer takes an innovative approach to subject matter. There is no limitations on the type of photography that they are interested in seeing, although based on past recipients conceptual bodies of work with fully resolved portfolios are going to have the best chance of winning the top prize.

Recent top winners of the competition include Mark McKnight, Ka-Man Tse, and Natalie Krick.

Mark McKnight’s black-and-white photographs challenged the Eurocentric idea of beauty when it comes to the male form. Ka-Man Tse’s project narrow distances, explored the intersection of Asian, Pacific Islander and LGBTQ communities in Hong Kong and New York City. Natalie Krick’s series Natural Deceptions explored the temptations and degradations that can be found within feminine identity.

Although the competition is technically free to submit to, you must subscribe to Aperture magazine to qualify—the submission form asks for your account number. Interested photographers can subscribe to the magazine before they enter for $75.

More details on the annual competition can be found in Aperture’s site.

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