The Weston Scholarship

The Weston Scholarship is a portfolio competition for students studying fine art photography in Monterey County. The scholarship was established in 2004 by Kim and Gina Weston who hoped to preserve the legacy of black and white film photography set forth by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. Every year, students are encouraged to submit a portfolio for the opportunity to win a scholarship to support their photographic careers.

Mission Statement

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 black and white film photography alive on the central coast of California.

We strive to honor the traditions set-forth by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams while supporting their philosophies in our local schools and celebrating the artistic roots of our photographic heritage.

We offer students, artists, educators, and our community the opportunity to experience the richness of photography through scholarships, mentorships, exhibitions, workshops, publications, lectures, video and artists in residence.

Scholarship Competition Rules & Guidelines 

Students must be enrolled in a Monterey County high school, college, or university when they apply for a Weston Scholarship. Applicants who have been awarded first place in a past Weston Scholarship competitions are not eligible to win the same award again in subsequent years; however, they are eligible for all other award categories.


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A portfolio of ten mounted and consistently sized photographs (students may over-mat prints but it is not a requirement). The photographs must have been taken, processed and printed within one year of the student's application.

Print Sizes Accepted: 4x5, 8x10 or 11x14.

Matt Sizes Accepted: 11x14 or 16x20.

Matt-board Colors Accepted: White.

Archival Storage Box from Print File 11x14 – 1.5 deep box.

Archival Storage Box from Print File 16x20 – 1.5 deep box. 

Portfolio boxes are not required but are strongly advised to keep your prints safe during and after the judging.


An artist's statement is required and should include information about the photographs, the importance of the medium to the student, and any future plans that may include studying or practicing photography. The statement must one page, typed, and submitted with your portfolio. 


All portfolio boxes must be clearly and visibly labeled with your name and school on the outside. If we cannot read your name/school you will be excluded from the competition, so make sure to write legibly. All photographs must be lightly labeled with name and school on the backside of the mounted photograph. Titles on photographs are not necessary.


Portfolios will be anonymously judged by a panel of respected local artists and educators. Judging is based on uniqueness, clarity, consistency of vision, and the quality of a finished print. (printing, mounting and spotting)

Reasons for Disqualification

• Black or colored mats
• Incorrect number of prints
• Digitally captured photographs
• Digitally printed photographs
• Inconsistent matt board size in portfolio
• Incomplete paper work

Submission Checklist

1.     Ten mounted/matted prints in a portfolio box/case.

2.     Completed application signed by photography instructor.

3.     Proof of school registration for current year.

4.     Artist statement – Very Important!

5.     Your name and school on the back of each photograph & your box 

6.     Parent permission slip (if under the age of 18)

7.     Please do not put your images in clear plastic bags


1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $300

Honorable Mentions: $200

Photo by Michelle Magdalena

Photo by Michelle Magdalena