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Release Date: July 21, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Chickasaw citizen, Xylan Wallace, receives Best in Show award at the reception for the 2016 Chickasaw Nation 72-hour photography competition. The second annual 72-hour photography competition will take place Friday, Aug. 18 through Monday, Aug. 21.

The Chickasaw Nation will host the second annual 72-hour photography competition Friday, Aug. 18 through Monday, Aug. 21.

The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Division gives student, amateur and professional photographers from around the world the opportunity to participate in the three-category competition.

Photographers will be given a theme and will have 72 hours to submit their interpretation of the given theme. Judges must receive submissions by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21.

Each photograph will judged on exposure, contrast and color, focus and depth of field, framing and composition, artistry, originality and execution of the theme. Last year’s theme was unity, and 8-year-old Chickasaw citizen, Xylan Wallace, was selected Best of Show.

Photographers may enter two photos. Digital editing technology, such as Photoshop or Light Box, is not permitted.

The competition is open to the public. More than $1,900 in prize money will be awarded.

An application and full list of rules and guidelines are located at The application and a $30 entry fee are due by Aug. 11.

The Chickasaw Nation Arts and Humanities Division will host an awards reception Friday, Sept. 8 at the arts and humanities building. Photographs will be on display Sept. 8-Oct. 20 at the Chokma'si Gallery in Ada, Oklahoma.

For more information, contact James Wallace at or (580) 272-5520.

About the Chickasaw Nation

With more than 63,000 citizens, the Chickasaw Nation is the 12th largest federally-recognized Indian tribe in the United States. The Chickasaw Nation has an annual economic impact of more than $2.4 billion in Oklahoma. The tribe has more than 13,000 employees. A democratic republic with executive, legislative and judicial departments, the tribe's jurisdictional territory includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Oklahoma.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016