MK Spring 2020 Photo Contest

Our photo contest welcomes San Diego photographers of all skill levels to submit through Instagram.  A new theme is announced prior to each contest.  The popular vote winner has the unique opportunity to sell prints through the gallery.  More details below.  Best of luck sharp shooters! 



Please stay tuned for an announcement about our next theme!



PANTONE Color of the Year in Landscape and Nature!

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is:



"A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience." -
  • Spring 2020 Quarter Theme:  PANTONE Color of the Year: Classic Blue, in Landscape & Nature 
  • Submissions accepted  3/06/20 - 5/08/20 via Instagram
  • Six RUNNERS UP are selected to be displayed in the gallery, printed and displayed by MK
  • Voting open to gallery patrons from TBD
  • BIG SHOT WINNER:  Popular vote winner will enter into an Art Consignment Agreement with MK to sell their winning piece in the gallery for the following Quarter. 
  • Submissions must be made by actual photographer 
  • Photographer must be 18 years or older
  • Photographer must currently reside in San Diego County 


  • Simply choose your finest shot within the theme and hashtag #MKSpring2020Contest
  • Limit one submission per participant
  • Optional: Include your name and/or photography-related business name
  • Submissions must be landscape images (natural scenery- can include cityscapes and manmade structures; people and animals cannot be the subject)
  • Entrants must be able to provide a high resolution version of the submitted image (minimum 12 megapixels)
  • MK reserves the right to withdraw submissions that do not meet the minimum image file size requirements
  • Be sure to follow us on Instagram ( to catch our announcements of the winners! 


  • 6 RUNNERS UP finalists announced 5/15/2020
  • MK Envision Galleries will be assuming all production aspects of the prints including printing, mounting, framing and displaying for the duration of the contest. All images will be produced as an 8"x12" print, and as such may need to be cropped to fit these parameters.
  • The photographer holds all copyrights to their image.  The contest winner will be entering into a contract with MK including explicit intentions and parameters of the production and sale of their work
  • Popular vote winner announced TBD
  • Winner to enter into Art Consignment Agreement with MK for the following exhibit term (details disclosed to winner)


Log into your Instagram and hashtag your picture with #MKSpring2020Contest


BIG SHOT WINNER - 2020 Winter Contest:

Congratulations to the 2020 Winter Big Shot Winner Diego Lapetina with his image Shades.   Coming soon for purchase online!


About the winning image:
Diego Lapetina Photography
La Jolla – San Diego
Title: Shades - (2018)

It was a bitterly cold night. I woke up before sunrise and could see the overcast weather through the window of my car. In that moment, my never-ending internal debate kicked in and I started asking myself if I should venture outside my warm(ish) and cozy(ish) car trunk. After much mental negotiation I managed to put my boots on and go exploring the surrounding, the exploration quickly turned into a big disappointment. The combination of low clouds and flat light created a less than impressive scenario. I couldn’t help but been disappointed with the bad weather. In that moment, all that I could think was: -‘What a waste of energy and time’.

I returned to my car and started the drive back to the little village to drown my sorrows in a warm cup of coffee. The drive from Medicine Lake to the town of Jasper is very scenic and usually a great location to spot wild-life. Given the early hour in the morning, this otherwise busy road was empty. I kept driving slowly keeping an eye out for wild-life and before running completely out of hope of capturing a nice image during that morning I turned to this view. The fog created a soft light making this mountain range look just magical.

Sometimes, life can be very capricious and throw many curve balls in our way. We just have to be able to adapt to the ever-changing scenarios and keep an eye open to see what will be revealed in the next curve of life.