Annual Youth Exhibition

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


Theme: Self Portrait

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2015

For online submission (digital photographs only), 
click here.      

For submission by mail/in person (all formats),
click here to download submission packet (English).

Oprimir aquí para descargar paquete de presentación (Spanish).  

For questions, submissions and more information, please contact the Education Department at 619.238.7559 X235 or


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 Exhibitionrepresented 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 your youth photography is the San Diego County Fair's Creative Youth competitive exhibitions. For more information, please click HERE. Deadline for online entry registration is May 1.