call for entries:

h a t c h

our first juried exhibition

PHOTO-EMPHASIS is pleased to announce HATCH, our first juried exhibition.


We’re looking for fresh, current, and diverse work by emerging and established artists. 

Potential. New growth. A fresh start. A line of inquiry. Every journey begins with a crucial first step. Show us the new work you’ve been nurturing.

HATCH, juried by Zora J Murff, will consist of both an online exhibition, and a physical exhibition at MEDICI Gallery at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

30 works by 30 artists will be chosen for the online exhibition on our website. 15 of those works will be chosen for the physical exhibition.

exhibition information



MEDICI Gallery, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; online 



All work chosen for display at MEDICI will be printed on-site for free. All prints will be made on 16x20” paper; if your work is selected, you will be contacted for a high-res file sized appropriately. (The image need not be 16x20", but the paper will be.)

Prints will not be for sale. All prints will be destroyed upon conclusion of the exhibition.



Any artist using photography or photographic material



Zora J Murff



Juror's Choice will receive a copy of Corrections, a monograph by the juror, Zora J Murff. 



Send all materials below in a single email to with the subject: HATCH ENTRY


REQUIRED Materials

  • 1 - 5 images (jpg, 1500px long side, 72ppi, sRGB, sequenced: last-first-hatch-01.jpg, last-first-hatch-02.jpg, ect.) 
  • Artist/project statement
  • Link to website (if applicable)
  • Proof of submission fee payment (see below)


Entry fee

$5 USD, paid via our website:



  • December 10 - Submissions due by 11:59pm Eastern Time
  • December 17 - Notification of acceptance
  • January 1 - MEDICI & online exhibitions open
  • January 5 - Reception at MEDICI, 5 - 7pm
  • January 12 - MEDICI exhibition closes

Download the poster

Help us spread the word by sharing our call for entry with your friends and colleagues!

Hatch Poster (.pdf)

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Zora J Murff is an MFA Candidate in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Zora attended the University of Iowa where he studied Photography and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora's photography focuses on race, identity, and how images are used to reinforce sociocultural constructs. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and featured online including The British Journal of Photography and Wired Magazine's Raw File.  His work has also been published in VICE Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Huck Magazine, and The New York Times. Zora was the Daylight Photo Award Winner in 2017, a Joy of Giving Something Fellow through Imagining America in 2016, and was selected as a LensCulture 2015 Top 50 Emerging Talent. A portfolio of his work is included in the Midwest Photographers Project through the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Zora published his first monograph, Corrections, through Aint-Bad Editions in the in Winter of 2015. You can order a copy here.

Zora is a co-curator of Strange Fire Collective with Jess T. Dugan, Hamidah Glasgow, and Rafael Soldi. To find out more please visit their website.