The Weston Collective is committed to the preservation of black and white film photography on the central coast of California through photographic mentorships, exhibitions, and the Weston Scholarship. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Weston Collective relies on its generous patrons and supporters to continue Edward Weston's photographic legacy in local schools. 

The Weston 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

The Weston 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 $100,000 have been awarded to photography students attending high school or community college in Monterey County.

Our 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.

Photo by Michelle Magdalena Maddox
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

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 $200-$1000. Scholarship recipients' photographs will be framed and displayed in a local museum or gallery for the world to see!

What is the Weston Scholarship?

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

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No Equipment? No problem.

The Weston Collective is committed to making sure you have the necessary tools to submit your portfolio to the Weston Scholarship. If you need a camera, mat board, tripod, or darkroom time, we are here to help.

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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!

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