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Theme: "Space"


MOPA encourages you to be creative with your interpretation of the theme!

How do you think about SPACE?" What might you photograph to show your thoughts and ideas?

For inspiration and ideas, check out our Inspiration page! (on top bar).

For more information and guidelines, check out the FAQ page (on top bar).

Eligibility Criteria



  • Students in grades K-12 (ages 4-18)
  • Students must be residents of San Diego County or Tijuana


  • ONE entry per student
  • All submissions must be photographic arts. We accept the following:
    • Photography (digital photography, film photography, cell phone photography, photo collage, photo edited with Photoshop or another app, polaroid, cyanotype/sun print, mixed media, three dimensional, etc.)
    • Video (documentary, fiction, abstract, stop motion animation, etc.) Maximum length of 2 minutes.
  • Artwork must address the theme of "Space"
  • Artwork must be created within the 2020-21 school year
  • All submissions must be an original artwork created by the student artist, but may borrow images (for example, a collage made of magazine photos)



  • Permission to Participate: In order to participate in MOPA's Annual Juried Youth Exhibition, all students must have permission from a parent or guardian.
    • The authorization form can be completed online here and will be emailed to registered users after submitting an artwork. (Only ONE form is needed per student. You will not receive a confirmation email. If you would like to check that your form has been received, please email
    • Teachers may download the PDF to be signed at home. Please email all signed copies to
  • Submission Requirements:
    • File size* requirements:
    • Longest side of photo must be between 3200 px - 4800 px
    • Image files must be under 4 MB, audio/video/PDF files must be under 25 MB
    • Videos must not exceed 2 minutes

How To Submit Artwork

1. REGISTER as a "user" by clicking on the green +Register button at the top right of this screen. (Registered users may be a student artist, parent/guardian, or teacher)

2. Use an ACCURATE EMAIL ADDRESS to register. All information about the exhibition including notification of acceptance is sent via email to the registered user's email. Please be sure the email provided is checked frequently and can receive outside emails. (Some school email systems block our emails)

3. Check that your artwork meets the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA above.

4. Add a new submission to your account (ONE entry per student) and complete the required questions. Be sure to check your spelling!

5. To Submit:

  • Digital Artwork (digital photo & video): Submit the digital file*. MOPA will print your image for display.
  • Non-Digital Artwork (collage, mixed media, 3D, etc.): Submit a photo or scan of the artwork*. MOPA may ask you to bring in the original for display or may print your uploaded image for you.
  • *See FAQ page (on top bar) for information on resizing files, taking photos of artwork, and more!

Important Dates

Deadline to Submit.....................March 16, 2021

Jurors Select Works.....................March 2021

Acceptance Notification................April 2021

Exhibition Opens..........................TBD

Opening Reception.......................TBD

Exhibition Closes..........................TBD


  • Visit the FAQ page (on top bar) for more information including:
  • How can this year's theme be interpreted? 
  • What is an artist statement? 
  • How do I resize my photos to meet the size requirements?


Please email or call 619.238.7559 x221



User Entry Process Tutorial

You can leave this video on your call site's homepage (or embed it on any page) for a quick tutorial your users can watch to help them with the submission process.