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.


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.  


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. 



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. 

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

Weston Scholarship Portfolios

annually, we judge portfolios submitted by students attending monterey county schools based on the photo's composition,the print's quality, and the presence of the artist's voice. a collection of these photographs are chosen and displayed in a local gallery or museum. 

View portfolios from 2004-2013 here!


To educate and enlighten the community about the richness of 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, support their philosophies in our local schools, and celebrate the 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.