Texas Tech University


21st 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 choice of subject (people, animals, or landscapes) is up to the photographer, but the image must indicate a connection to arid or semi-arid lands to 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

JURORS - Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully

The Texas Tech Office of International Affairs is honored to have Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully as the jurors for the 21st Annual High and Dry photography competition. Amanda and Kevin are the Directors of A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. (asmithgallery.com)


Oct 11 Submission deadline
Oct 27 Notice sent to photographers
Nov 17 Matted prints due at the ICC
Nov 22 Exhibit opens
Dec 3 Reception at TTU International Cultural Center
Jan 31 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 here .  You can also print the form and complete it by hand here. 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 11, 2021.


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 in a pure white mat with the outside dimensions of 16” X 20”. 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 or a prepaid shipping label for return postage at the conclusion of the 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