TCC launches photo contest to celebrate Middle Eastern culture

Tarrant County College is honored to host “Home Sweet Home: What Do You Call Home,” a digital photography contest in which TCC employees, students and community members may submit photos with a story to tell about the people, places, history and culture of the Middle East.

Judges will be reviewing photos in the following categories: historical buildings, religious places, landscapes, home & family, Middle East countries and picture of any hand crafts. Judges invite submissions that highlight the diverse and vibrant spirit of the Middle East region, especially underrepresented traditions and communities.

“The purpose of this event would be to turn the negativity and fear surrounding our Middle Eastern students into positive inclusion,” said Iranian native Pooran Lashini, who is an acclaimed artist and adjunct instructor of philosophy at Tarrant County College. “The Middle Eastern culture is rich with art, ritual, traditional ceremonies, music and hip hop just like all other cultures around the world. To dispel any stereotypes about Middle Eastern cultures, we propose more visibility through the sharing of stories and photos.”

Submissions from all genres and skills levels are welcome. The submission deadline is September 16, 2019. For more information about submission requirements, visit

Photos will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select top winners. TCC Trinity River will host a reception, awards ceremony and exhibit opening on October 1.  The exhibit will close October 11.