Photo by Michelle Magdalena Maddox

Photo by Michelle Magdalena Maddox

The Legacy

Edward Weston was one of the most innovative and influential American photographers of the 20th century. The people who have made it their lives' work to preserve his legacy have simultaneously left their own, very prominent, marks on the world of photography. Weston's creative vision is carried forward by the people who also carry forward his name.

Photo by Michelle Magdalena Maddox

Photo by Michelle Magdalena Maddox

The Scholarship

The Weston Scholarship is a portfolio competition consisting of a submission of ten hand-printed black and white film photographs which are evaluated by our trusted judges. Since the scholarship was founded in 2004, over $94,000 have been awarded to photography students attending high school or community college in Monterey County.

Photo by Michelle Magdalena Maddox

Photo by Michelle Magdalena Maddox

The Patrons

As a nonprofit organization, The Weston Collective relies on its loyal patrons to join us in offering young artists and their teachers the means to pursue their artistic careers. The generous contributions we receive help fund camera, darkroom, and mounting equipment, cash scholarships, workshops, publications, exhibitions, mentorships, and much more.

Through this photographic eye you will be able to look out on a new light-world, a world for the most part uncharted and unexplored, a world that lies waiting to be discovered and revealed.
— Edward Weston

It is our mission to educate and enlighten the community about the richness of film photography on the West Coast.


It is our goal to keep the traditional process of the black and white fine art photography alive in the tradition of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams while supporting their philosophies in our local schools and celebrating the artistic roots of our photographic history. We offer students, artists, educators and the community the opportunity to experience the richness of photography through scholarships, mentorships, exhibitions, workshops, publications, lectures, video and artists in residence.



Bohemian Nights Fundraising Dinner 2016

Click here to reserve your seat for 2017's dinner!


Are you a photography student in Monterey County?

If you are a high school or college student in Monterey County who uses black and white film, you've come to the right place. The Weston Scholarship is a portfolio competition that offers cash scholarships for photographic excellence ranging from $250-$1000. Scholarship recipients' photographs will be framed and displayed in a local museum or gallery for the world to see!


What we need from you

The Weston Scholarship is a portfolio competition which requires you to submit: 10 hand-printed, spotted, mounted photographs, and a typed artist's statement

Click here for Rules and Guidelines.
Click here to view and submit your application for the 2017 Weston Scholarship Contest.

No Equipment? No problem.

The Weston Collective is committed to making sure that every photography student in Monterey County has the necessary tools to submit his or her portfolio to the Weston Scholarship.

If you need a camera, a few rolls of film, a matte board, a tripod, or even a darkroom, The Weston Collective can help.

Click here to contact us about setting you up with some new gear.

A Unique Opportunity

In 2016, Mr. John D. Crossman made the incredibly generous donation of an Ansel Adams portfolio to The Weston Scholarship Education Fund.

This rare collection of work, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras, is available for purchase and its proceeds will be used to further promote black and white film photography in Monterey County schools. All photographs are hand-printed and signed by Ansel himself!

Please click here to learn more or contact us directly with inquiries. 

Please contact with inquiries.