2018 National Photography Contest: Modern Tribalism:Polarization and the Social Connect/Social Disconnect

The Woody Gaddis Gallery, on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, seeks entries for the juried photographic exhibition entitled Modern Tribalism: Polarization and the Social Connect/Social Disconnect. Societal tribes organize around common ideologies. Tribalistic thinking suggests an irrational or unquestioned loyalty to one’s group (religion, political parties, and sports teams for example). While seeking to connect with people who think alike, it may disconnect people from humanity as a whole. We invite artists to submit work which embraces, fights against, or questions modern tribalism through photography.




  • August 26: Digital Submission Due
  • August 29: Selections will be made and artists notified
  • September 21: Physical Submissions Due
  • October 1-30: Bending the Truth Exhibition
  • November 9: Submissions mailed back to artist

Eligibility & Fees:

Open to all. Free.


  • Woody Gaddis Photo Arts Gallery
  • The University of Central Oklahoma
  • 100 North University Dr.
  • Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
  • Up to three submissions of photographic work including traditional darkroom, digital, alternative process, and manipulated images. Images should be resolution 72 ppi and 1280 pixels on the longest side; Flattened JPG files; 8 bit files; RGB or Grayscale; JPG compression quality 8 or medium.
  • Submissions
    • Drop Box Link
    • Files should be titled “LastName_FirstName_01Title.jpg”. Submissions must be submitted to Dropbox by Sunday, Aug. 26th at 11:59pm.

Exhibit Prints:

All images selected for exhibition must be printed and framed or mounted professionally for the exhibition, and should arrive ready to hang on the wall. Physical prints must be received by Friday, September 21st at 4:00pm. Submissions may be picked up by artist in person after exhibition or will be mailed back to artist on November 9th. Artist must provide return postage & packaging.


  • Professor of Photography Jesse L. Miller
  • Assistant Chair/Associate Professor Mark Zimmerman
  • Manager of Photo Labs Angela Cejda Mackey
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place, & up to four Honorable Mentions