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The Competition


The AX3 – American Aperture Awards are an international open call for photography possessing uncommon vision. This opportunity is open to photographers of all backgrounds who capture images that make the unknowable known. Our goal is to celebrate the most iconic photos taken by new and emerging talent, as well as professionals, from around the world and award their photographic insights.

Recognizing photos that captivate us also free us to identify our desires, we invite ALL types of photographers — professional, non-professional/amateur, student and mobile photography— in the following categories: Abstract, Advertising, Architecture/Cityscape, Collage, Documentary, Experimental, Fashion, Landscape/Seascape/Nature, Nudes, People/Portraits, Political, Photojournalism, Still Life, Street Photography, Video/Moving Images.


The American Aperture Awards is pleased to announce the following awards for this year’s winners:

Click here for more details on the awards and prizes.


You may enter your work in as many categories as you wish. Your photos can be entered in Professional, Non-Professional/Amateur or Mobile Photography categories. Click here for more details.


All entries must include the appropriate entry fee payable when you submit your photos to the American Aperture Awards (AX3) in U.S. currency. Click here for entry fee details.


To be eligible for this competition, photographers:


Click here for further Submission Guidelines.


For image file specifications for your submission, click here.

Copyright and Use Information

Photographs may not infringe on the copyright of another’s work.

Photographs may not contain content that is illegal, unlawful, or otherwise in violation of applicable federal, state or local laws and regulations where the photographs were created.

Photographers retain all copyrights.

By entering, photographers grant AX3 non-exclusive rights to reproduce the submitted photos for promotional and exhibition purposes. All copyrights are retained by the photographer. Winning photographs could be published in Fabrik Magazine and the The Annual, a new iPad/Android App showcasing the World’s Best Photography. Any photograph used by AX3 will be credited to the photographer.

By accepting an AX3 award, an entrant agrees to the use of his or her name, likeness, and photographs for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.