Texas Tech University

Winners of High and Dry Photography Competition Announced

Randy Rosetta

December 12, 2018

Railroad Crossing by Seema Joshi

Photos from the annual event will be on display at the International Cultural Center through Jan. 18.

(Adjacent photo: "Railroad Crossing" by Seema Joshi)

Winners of the Texas Tech University Office of International Affairs 18th Annual High and Dry Photography Exhibit have been announced, and their work will be on display through Jan. 18 at the International Cultural Center (ICC), 601 Indiana Ave.

The competition, titled "High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World's Dry Lands," was judged by Laura Crawford Williams, a professional wildlife photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy magazines.

Nighttime at the Chapel by James Clinich

The top three awards went to:

• First place -- Seema Joshi for "Railroad Crossing" – West Texas

• Second place-- James Clinich for "Nighttime at the Chapel" – Ralls

• Third place -- Martha Bohn for "Hot Water for the Hamam" – Marrakech, Morocco

Artists' work chosen for honorable mention were: Bill Brown, Hal Beesley, Martha Bohn, James Clinich, Dan English, J. Reagan Ferguson, Bailey Flores, Hakam Kayasseh, Liz McCue and Jody Smyers.

The exhibit also features work by Lane Anderson, Emmitt Booher, Jackelyn Bracamontes, Holly Bundock, Greg Burgess, Abbie Burnett, Justin Burrus, Julie Childs, Robin Clark, Terry Cockerham, Pody Connally, Jason Crites, Sandy Fortenberry, Guy Giersch, Melinda Green Harvey, Deb Johnson, Atul Joshi, Rachel Kiwior, Virginia Mahan, Kathleen Mahoney, Robert Moore, Ron Mouser, Wes Odell, Thelma Pilley, Donna Rose, Glenn Rudd, Cinthia Salazar, Stephen Smith, Zach Smith, Christena Stephens, Alan Sucsy, Steve Sucsy, Ashton Thornhill, Pedro Valenzuela, Hershel Womack and Jocelyn Young.

Hot Water for Hamam by Martha Bohn

Since 2000, the Office of International Affairs has displayed the High and Dry Photography Exhibit in the galleries of the ICC. The exhibit was created to highlight the works of International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies (ICASALS), a division of the Office of International Affairs. The choice of subject (people, animals or landscapes) for the competition is up to the photographer, but the shot must have been taken in an arid or semiarid region. Approximately 70 images from more than 400 submitted were selected for the exhibition this year.

Sponsors for the event were The CH Foundation, the Office of International Affairs and the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies.