CMES Annual Photography Exhibit

CMES Annual Photography Exhibit

For the past thirty years, the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) has organized and hosted an annual photography exhibit featuring images from the Middle East and North Africa taken by CMES friends, faculty, students, colleagues, local community members, and citizens of the world. Selected photos are enlarged, mounted, and displayed in the Center and remain on display throughout the year. This year CMES will also celebrate the new exhibit with an opening reception in May 2021. Images may also be published on our website, social media, and selected for CMES advertising and promotional purposes.


For the 30th annual exhibit “Compassion and Collaboration” CMES seeks images that portray the ways people work together in Middle Eastern and North African societies. How do people collaborate to achieve common goals, or come together to practice and preserve traditions or make new ones, for example? A variety of contexts may represent this theme, such as musical events and concerts, political organizing, familial and communal celebrations and festivals, athletic events, educational exchanges, and the like. This theme can be broadly defined, so be creative in your interpretation of it!

All submissions must be made digitally this year. Submission instructions are located in the paperwork below. 

The deadline to submit photos is Sunday, January 31, 2021!

Click HERE for the 2021 photography exhibit submission paperwork - "Compassion and Collaboration"

Click HERE for the 2020 photography exhibit submission paperwork - "Ordinary and Extraordinary." 

Click HERE for the 2019 photography exhibit submission paperwork- "Old and New"

Click HERE to see the call for photos for the 2018 photography exhibit - "ACTION!"

Click HERE to see photos of the 2015 photography exhibit reception.






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