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This year’s Aperture Summer Open seeks new work from photographers around the world whose images are defining a moment of rapid change in culture, politics, technology, and self-expression.

2018 Aperture Summer Open

The Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery in New York, featuring a wide variety of work by photographers from around the world. Selected by a jury of leading editors and critics, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on key themes and trends driving contemporary photography. The exhibition opens the doors of the foundation to photographers of all ages, at all points in their careers, as we seek to promote new ideas and talent.

The theme of the 2018 Aperture Summer Open is “The Way We Live Now.” The curators seek new bodies of work by photographers defining a moment of rapid change in culture, politics, technology, and self-expression. Across ideas of beauty and style, landscape and environment, and media and connectivity, how do photographs define the currents and contradictions of our moment?

The 2018 Aperture Summer Open is curated by Brendan Wattenberg, managing editor, Aperture magazine; Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor, the New Yorker; Marvin Orellana, photo editor, New York magazine; and Antwaun Sargent, independent writer and critic.

What winners receive

Winners of the Summer Open will be exhibited in a group show at Aperture Gallery, opening June 28, 2018. All finalists are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community.

About Aperture

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.

Juror Information

Brendan Wattenberg is the managing editor of Aperture magazine. Formerly the director of exhibitions at the Walther Collection, he has contributed essays and interviews to Another Africa, Contemporary And, Objektiv,and Aperture's PhotoBook Review, and is the editor of the photobooks François-Xavier Gbré: The Past Is a Foreign Country and Samuel Fosso: The Spectacle of the Body. Wattenberg holds a BA in English from Haverford College and an MA in Africana Studies from New York University. He has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2016), the Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale in Chongqing, China (2017), and Photo Israel, Tel Aviv (2017).

Siobhán Bohnacker is a senior photo editor at the New Yorker, where she commissions original photography for the magazine and curates photography for newyorker.com. Prior to joining the New Yorker, she worked as a photo editor at the New York Times Magazine and from 2009 to 2012, worked with NGOs, non-profits, and advertising clients on the production of high-profile portfolios and campaigns. She has served as on-set producer on over two hundred photo shoots, most notably at the White House for "Going the Distance," David Remnick's profile of President Barack Obama (2014), and "Portraits of Power," an ASME-winning portfolio of fifty-six heads of state, photographed at the United Nations and published in the New Yorker in 2009. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Bohnacker has been a guest lecturer at the photography programs at Yale, the Cooper Union, and the School of Visual Arts, and has served on the jury for numerous international photo contests. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, London.

Marvin Orellana has been a photo editor at New York Magazine since 2013. Previously he worked at the New York Times Magazine. He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he studied photojournalism.

Antwaun Sargent is a writer and critic living and working in New York City. Recently he wrote "We Are More Than This," an essay for the Tate Modern on the occasion of the museum's exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, and was in conversation with filmmaker and artist Arthur Jafa in the Dallas Museum of Art's Truth: 24 frames per second exhibition catalogue. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Nation, Vogue, W Magazine, VICE magazine, and Aperture magazine.


Call For Entries Open
19 February 2018
Submission Deadline
4 April 2018
Notification Of Selected Artists
June 2018
Exhibition Start
28 June 2018
Exhibition End
16 August 2018


Submission Requirements

  • Maximum of one project
  • Minimum of 8 images, max 12
  • Image size: min. 1500px on the long side, sRGB
  • Project description with up to 1500 characters
  • Biography and CV

Entrance Fees

  • $30
  • Free for Aperture Members

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