Texas Tech University

17th Annual High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands

Call for Entries


Images must be from an arid or a semiarid region. That region will be specified on your exhibit label should your work be selected (e.g., Palo Duro Canyon, Santa Fe, NM, etc.). As long as the work reflects some aspect of the arid/semiarid theme (people, animals, or landscapes), the choice of subject is up to the photographer. Entries deemed inappropriate for display at the International Cultural Center (ICC), a facility open to all age groups, will not be accepted.


The exhibition is open to amateur and professional photographers. Photographs submitted must not have been previously exhibited in Lubbock. Entrants warrant that they have copyright to all submitted work.


The juror for "2017 High and Dry Competition" is Greg Davis, a professional photographer based out of Austin, Texas. Greg is a fourth generation Texan, a fourth generation graduate of Baylor University and a National Geographic Creative Photographer. The purpose of his work is to serve as a reminder to us that we are all part of something greater than ourselves. Greg states that “At a faster rate than ever before, our world is shrinking and traditional cultures are at risk. It is imperative that we be aware of and respect the diversity of our planet as well as our unprecedented need to preserve it”.


Oct 05 Entries due at the ICC
Oct 26 Notice sent to photographers
Nov 17 Matted prints due at the ICC
Nov 22 Exhibit goes up
Dec 01 Reception
Jan 31 Exhibit comes down


Photographers may submit up to 5 images at $6 each for a non-refundable fee of up to $30. The check should be made payable to the Office of International Affairs.


  1. Files should be in JPEG format (1-5 MB). Label each file with consecutive numbers followed by the title of the image (e.g., (1) Afghan Warrior (2) Desert Willow).
  2. Attach the file to an email and send it to oia.exhibits@ttu.edu.
  3. Complete the fillable entry form. You may need to download Adobe Reader to complete the form (https://get.adobe.com/reader/). You can also print the form and complete it by hand. Make sure that numbers and titles on the form match those on the files.
  4. Mail the form and the check to:
    Jan Stogner
    Texas Tech University
    Office of International Affairs
    601 Indiana Avenue
    Lubbock, Texas 79409-5004

The entry form and payment must be received at the Office of International Affairs by October 05, 2017.


First Place - $600/ Second Place - $300/ Third Place $150


Color and black & white photographs are eligible. Due to gallery limitations, three-dimensional works cannot be accepted.


The Office of International Affairs will exercise due care in handling the prints, but will not be responsible for loss, damage, or replacement during selection, exhibit, or shipping.


  1. Notification will be emailed to you immediately following the juror's decision. It will be your official notification of the juror's selection and this decision is final.
  2. If your work is accepted, please send one exhibition quality matted print for each accepted image. Prints must be mounted in pure white matte board. The outside dimensions should be 16”X20”, with at least 2” of border showing on all sides of the print. Any work which, upon receipt, is deemed to have been misrepresented by the digital image, or to be of poor technical quality, may be omitted by the juror or the OIA.
  3. Include a check payable to the Office of International Affairs for return postage at the conclusion of exhibit unless you plan to pick up your work. Prints will be returned in the container in which they were received. Prints WITHOUT postage will not be returned.
  4. Send prints to:
    Jan Stogner
    Texas Tech University
    Office of International Affairs
    601 Indiana Avenue
    Lubbock, Texas 79409-5004

Questions: Contact Jan Stogner, Assistant Director for International Art and Culture jan.stogner@ttu.edu/806-834-2372