Texas Tech University

23rd 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 the copyright to all submitted work. 


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

JUROR: 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. Visit https://wrightworld.com.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS – High and Dry 2023

Monday, October 2                       Submission deadline 

Monday, October 23                     Notification sent to photographers

Monday November 13                 Matted prints due at TTU International Cultural Center

Monday, November 20                Exhibit opens

Friday, December 1                       Reception at TTU International Cultural Center

Thursday, February 29                  Exhibit closes


Photographers may submit up to 5 images at $6 each for a non-refundable fee of up to $30. 


  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 International Affairs website or send printed entry form to TTU International Affairs.

    High and Dry Digital Entry Form

    High and Dry 2023 Entry Form

    Make sure that numbers and titles on the form match those on the files. 
  4. Pay online using the following button or QR code.

Pay Online

Pay Online QR Code

You can also submit a check made payable to TTU International Affairs and mail it to:
Jan Stogner
Texas Tech University – International Affairs
601 Indiana Avenue 
Lubbock, Texas 79409-5004

The entry form and payment must be received at TTU International Affairs by October 2, 2023.


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


TTU International Affairs 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. 


TTU 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”X20”. 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 TTU International Affairs.
  3. Pay online or include 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. If selected, send prints to:       

Jan Stogner
Texas Tech University
International Affairs
3317 7th Street 
Lubbock, Texas 79409

Questions:   Jan Stogner – TTU International Affairs

jan.stogner@ttu.edu/(806) 742-3667