Annual Youth Exhibition

Since 2006, MOPA has held an annual juried exhibition showcasing the photographic talents of local youth. Every year, students are encouraged to submit work that responds visually to a particular theme. The winning entries are selected for their creativity and artistic interpretation of that year's topic.


2017 Call For Entries

MOPA is looking for students who creatively interpret the theme "boundaries" in photography or video for the 12th Annual Juried Youth Exhibition!

Theme: "boundaries"


Submission Requirements:

One entry per student artist
Students in K-12 (ages 4-18)
Residents of San Diego County & Tijuana
Photographic arts: digital photo, film photo, video, collage, mixed media, polaroid, etc.
Parent Authorization Form

For complete requirements list and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the submission website.



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Animals Among Us

Inspired by the San Diego Zoo's 100th anniversary, MOPA's 11th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students in San Diego County and Tijuana to respond to the theme of animals through photography or video.

On display at MOPA 8 Oct, 2016 - 5 Feb, 2017


2016 Youth Exhibition Artwork Pick Up:

All printed photos will be available for pick up during the specified time frame. Artwork may be picked up by the student artist, parent, or teacher. Artwork pick up is not available for video submissions. For questions, contact

Pick Up Dates*: Saturday, February 18 - Sunday, February 26 (Except Monday, Feb. 20- MOPA will be closed)

Pick Up Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Exceptions: MOPA will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 and will close at 3:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 26)

Pick Up Location: Musuem of Photographic Arts, Front Desk: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

*After the final pick up date has passed, MOPA will dispose of any remaining artwork or it may become property of the museum.


photo by Matthew Holloway 





MOPA's 10th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to explore their identity in a photograph. This exhibition was open to students throughout San Diego County and Tijuana.






photo by Xcaret Naves

We Are Family

MOPA's 9th Annual Youth Exhibition asked young people to use lens based media to explore what "family" means to them. 


photo by Sarah Stone

My City, Your City

MOPA's 8th Annual Youth Exhibition encouraged students to use photography or video to explore the meaning of home and community


Natalie Greenberg
  photo by Natalie Greenberg


MOPA’s 7th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to communicate important ideas about the environment and sustainability.


  photo by Mark Ruiz


MOPA’s 6th Annual Youth Exhibition represented the most creative and original works of art produced by students who participated in a MOPA education program.


  photo by Dani Baldwin


MOPA’s 5th Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to explore their culture and cultural identity through photography and film. This exhibition was open to students throughout San Diego County.


  photo by Rigo Torres

Through the Lens

MOPA’s 4th Annual Youth Exhibition showcased artwork created by students who had participated in the Museum’s photography and film education programs.


  photo by Elisa Serrano

Writing with Light

MOPA’s 3rd Annual Youth Exhibition asked students to explore the many connections between photography and literacy and was open to students throughout San Diego County.


  photo by Ellen Allison

New Light

MOPA’s 2nd Annual Youth Exhibition represented artwork created by students who participated in one of the innovative and creative programs produced by the Education Department at MOPA.  


  photo by Emma Louise Wilby

Close Ups: SD Neighborhoods

MOPA’s first ever Youth Exhibition invited students throughout San Diego County to submit artworks focused on their neighborhoods.  


  photo by Emily Veliz



Another great opportunity to showcase youth photography is the San Diego County Fair's Creative Youth competitive exhibitions.

For more information, please click HERE