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Call for Entries: 

“High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World's Dry Lands”


Since 2000, the Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech University has curated the premiere juried photographic exhibition of peoples and places of the world's dry lands.  The High and Dry Exhibition has attracted hundreds of artists across the nation, all of whom were asked to respond to some aspect of life in an arid or a semi-arid region. Subjects range from sand dunes in the Sahara Desert to ghost towns in Terlingua, Texas. It is our hope that these images will not only prompt aesthetic appreciation but also elicit reflection upon the realities of life on our increasingly thirsty planet.

Eligibility: Open to all photographers, both amateur and professional

Deadline: October 11, 2021

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work reflecting the dry lands theme of this juried exhibition. 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. Approximately 70 images will be selected for exhibition and shown in the galleries of Texas Tech University's International Cultural Center from November 22, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully

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.
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Entry fee: $6.00 per image, 5 image maximum. Checks payable to Office of International Affairs.
Awards: $600 for first place / $300 for second place / $150 for third place.

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Call for Entries Instructions

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High and Dry 2021 Entry Form

High and Dry 2021 Digital Entry Form

Please complete the High and Dry Entry Form and mail it with your check to the Office of International Affairs by October 11, 2021. For more information, please read the Call for Entries Instructions.

Texas Tech University plays a leading role in global conversations about arid and semi-arid lands through recognized programs such as the Climate Science Center, National Wind Institute, and the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies, which was the genesis for the High and Dry Photography Exhibit.

This program is made possible in part through a grant from the City of Lubbock, as recommended by Civic Lubbock, Inc

Sponsored in part by a grant from The CH Foundation

Questions: Contact Jan Stogner, Assistant Director for International Art and Culture