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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, Texas Tech University International Affairs has curated this premiere juried photographic exhibition of peoples and places of the world's dry lands. The High and Dry Exhibition has attracted hundreds of artists from 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 2, 2023

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 December 2023 to February 2024.

Juror: Bill Wright

Bill Wright

Texas Tech International Affairs is honored to have Bill Wright as the juror for the 23rd Annual High and Dry photography competition. Bill is an accomplished Texas photographer, author, and businessman. (Read more)


For more information about submitting your photos, click on the Call for Entries Instruction and Entry Form buttons below

Submission Instructions

High and Dry Digital Entry Form

High and Dry 2023 Entry Form

Entry fee: $6.00 per image, 5 image maximum.

Awards: $600 for first place / $300 for second place / $150 for third place.

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, the 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.

Questions: Contact Jan Stogner,
Texas Tech International Affairs