Texas Tech University


20th 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.). The work must reflect some aspect of the arid/semiarid theme (people, animals, or landscapes), but the choice of subject is up to the photographer. If the image does not clearly indicate a connection to arid lands, it will not be considered for juror selection. The International Cultural Center is a facility open to all age groups, so entries deemed inappropriate for display 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.


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


ASHTON THORNHILL is a photographer working on the Llano Estacado of Texas. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he grew up in Washington D.C. He studied at Texas Tech University. After earning a B.B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in photography/film, he worked several years as a photojournalist. In 1979 Ashton, his wife Susan, and their son Jonathan returned to Lubbock. He joined the faculty at Texas Tech University where he taught photography for the next twenty-nine years.

His photographic interest primarily lies in the distinctive environs of West Texas and the Llano Estacado. He had workshops with Ansel Adams, Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, Annie Liebovitz, and W. Eugene Smith, among others. Grounded as a black and white, silver gelatin photographer, Thornhill reluctantly embraced digital tools more than two decades ago. Ashton now makes his photographs digitally and prints with the best color inks and most stable papers available.

Thornhill received the Presidential Teaching award from Texas Tech University.  His photographs have won numerous awards in national exhibits and are in the permanent collections of the Grace Museum, The Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD, the Harry Ranson Center at the University of Texas - Austin, the Lea County Museum in Lovington, NM and the Southwest Collection: Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.


Oct 07 Submission deadline
Oct 26 Notice sent to photographers
Nov 13 Matted prints due at the ICC
Nov 23 Exhibit opens
Jan 29 Exhibit closes


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 and location of the image (e.g., (1) Mirage - Atacama Desert, Chile (2) Sand Dunes - Monahans, Texas).
  2. Attach the file to an email and send it to oia.exhibits@ttu.edu.
  3. Complete the fillable entry form on the TTU Office of International Affairs website at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/events/2020/documents/2020-High-and-Dry-Entry-Form.pdf. You may need to download Adobe Reader to complete the form. 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 07, 2020.


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


The Office of International Affairs (OIA) will have the right to display, project, and reproduce selected work for exhibition, marketing, and promotional purposes only. Photographers retain copyrights to their individual works.


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 visible 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