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International Photo Contest

Call for Entries

The UCO Mass Communication's Photographic Arts program and the Woody Gaddis Gallery seeks entries for the juried photographic exhibition entitled “The Lighter Side”. Through challenging times, art allows its creators and viewers to escape into their imagination or to connect through the absurdity of life. We seek images that showcase the resiliency of creation as a means to uplift.

Anyone is eligible to enter. There is no entry fee to compete. 



Jan. 5: Digital Submission Due

Jan. 10: Selections will be made and artists notified

January 24: Physical Submissions Due

Jan. 31–March 3: Exhibition

March 11: Submissions mailed back to artist



Woody Gaddis Gallery 
The University of Central Oklahoma
Mass Communication Building, UCO Campus
100 North University Dr. | Edmond, Oklahoma 73034


Submission Requirements

Each photographer may submit up to three of photographic work including traditional darkroom, digital, alternative process, and manipulated images.

Download Entry Form
  • Download entry form, complete and include with submissions. 
  • 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.
  • Files should be titled “LastName_FirstName_01Title.jpg”. 
  • Submissions must be submitted to Dropbox by Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Submit files through the following link:


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 Monday, Jan. 24  at 10 a.m.

Submissions may be picked up by artist in person after exhibition or will be mailed back to artist on March 11. 

Artist must provide return postage & packaging.



Jesse L. Miller, Professor of Photography 

Mark Zimmerman, Assistant Chair/Professor 

Angela Cejda Mackey, Manager of Photo Labs 



First, second, and third place and up to four honorable mentions.


Use Rights

Artists retain full rights to their work. By submitting to the Woody Gaddis Gallery, artists grant the use of selected images for the purpose of marketing the gallery and subsequent display on its website.



For more information about the UCO International Photo Contest, contact Angela Cejda Mackey.
Phone: (405) 974-5887