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2018 Keynote Lecture with John Divola, photo: ©Caleb Johansen

2018 Keynote Lecture with John Divola, photo: ©Caleb Johansen

About the Focus Scholarship

Medium Photo is excited to announce the launch of our exclusive Focus Scholarship made possible with a grant from the Immordino Charitable Foundation. The Focus Scholarship affords five artists the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Portfolio Review, to have their work seen during the 2019 Open Portfolio Walk, and attend the Keynote Lecture and Saturday Lecture Series at the 2019 Medium Festival of Photography. The Focus Scholarship also includes portfolio mentorships by Medium’s Executive Director and Program Manager leading up to the Review, in addition to lodging for three nights at the historic Lafayette Hotel in North Park, San Diego.


Applications are open to all photographic artists age 18 and older who demonstrate a financial need and readiness for review. This scholarship is ideal for both emerging and mid-career artists who are unable to attend a portfolio review due to financial reasons, but are routinely making high caliber work. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm (PST) on July 21, 2019 and must include the following:

One word doc containing:

  • Name

  • Address

  • Email

  • Phone

  • Website

  • Instagram

  • 250 word Bio

Please include answers to the following questions as part of your application:

  • Have you been to a Review before? Yes/No

  • Do you need lodging during the review? Yes/No

  • Are you currently enrolled in a photography program? No/Bachelors/Masters

  • What do you hope to gain from a Review?

  • How would the cost of attending the Medium Review be financially prohibitive to you?

  • What do you hope to gain from attending a Review? (500 words or less)

  • How would you benefit from this opportunity? (500 words or less)

Artist Statement

12-20 images (72 ppi, 2000 max pixels long). Work submitted must be made in the last three years.


Please combine all assets into one folder and label with the following scheme: “Focus Scholarship_Last Name-First Initial”. Zip folder and email to Program Manager, Sarah Koenig Wagner at . Please include “Focus Scholarship Application” in the subject line.

The Fine Print

The Focus Scholarship will be awarded to a total of (5) recipients and includes:

  • Portfolio mentorship leading up the Review

  • 3 nights lodging at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park, San Diego.

  • 8 reviews with photographic professionals from around the country.

  • Participation in the Open Portfolio Walk at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (Downtown) on October 17, 2019.

  • 1 keynote lecture ticket to see Luis González Palma on October 18, 2019.

  • 1 pass to attend the Medium Festival and all Saturday Artist Lectures on October 19, 2019.


Successful applicants will be notified via email by August 4. The 2019 Review takes place October 17-18 in San Diego, with hotel check-in on the evening of October 16.