Hot & Dusty Photography Invitational

“Wild Nevada”



Lost City Museum (LCM) in Overton, Nevada invites professional and non-professional photographers to participate in the fourth annual Hot & Dusty Photography Invitational. which will run August 3 – 31, 2022. Prizes will be awarded at the in person closing reception on August 27, 2022, at 6 PM.

The Hot & Dusty Invitational began in 2019 when it brought internationally known artists with ties to the Moapa Valley, Nevada to the Lost City Museum. The Invitational alternates each year between a fine art platform and a photography platform. The museum’s Fay Perkins Gallery is the venue for the Hot & Dusty Photography Invitational.

The Lost City Museum, located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, NV 89040, was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Originally known as the Boulder Dam Park Museum, LCM was built to house artifacts that came from archaeological sites that were going to be covered by the waters of Lake Mead. There are also two archaeological sites on the museum grounds. More information about the museum can be found at

The theme of this year’s show is Nevada’s wildlife. The museum is seeking photos that exhibit the animals of Nevada. They can showcase wildlife, farm animals, zoo or safari animals, pets, etc. The photo must be of an animal. Photos containing people will not be accepted. Please provide a caption and brief description of the photo. Photos MUST be taken in Nevada.

Prize Categories (After submission)

People’s Choice – Voting by the general public; judging is based on composition, coloring, and aesthetic

Museum Choice – Voting by museum staff and volunteers; judging is based on adherence to the theme, Nevada’s Wildlife

Photographer’s Choice – Voting by the photographers chosen for the event; judging will be based on technique and artistry.

Closing Reception

The closing reception will be an in-person event with light refreshments on August 27, 2022, from 6 to 8 PM. Prizes will be awarded during this event. A silent auction will also be held to raise funds for a climate-controlled collections building. See silent auction preview link  for more information.

Entry Fees

Participation in the Hot & Dusty Photography Invitational is free.


The closing date for entries is May 15, 2022 and photographers with images selected will be notified by May 31, 2022.


Photographs chosen should either be dropped off in person or mailed in a gallery ready frame by July 11, 2022.

Pick Up

Photographs must be picked up from the museum by September 10, 2022, unless other arrangements have been made. If you have opted to mail your photo, be sure to include return postage so that the museum can send it back to you. Photographers would also have the option to donate their print for the silent auction being held the night of the closing reception.

Submission Procedure and Material Specifications

Photographers can submit up to three (3) color or black and white images of Nevada wildlife. Entries should be sized so that the longest side is at least 1600 pixels (vertical and horizontal). Each image must be submitted as a separate file as either a .jpg or .png. Images should not have any watermarks or other identifying marks. Email the images to Images sent to this email should be no larger than 5 MB. Images sent to this email will be compiled and voted on a panel of LCM staff and volunteers.

Your name, Title of the photo, a description of the photo, and location of the photo should be included with your submission. In addition, photographers must submit a short biography and artist statement. These will be exhibited alongside the selected photos. Images will be downloaded to an internal computer. Images not selected for panel review will be deleted from the computer.

If your photo is chosen, photos must be in a gallery ready frame between 24 inches X 36 inches to a maximum of 36 inches X 48 inches. Photos may be matted but the framed size cannot exceed what is previously stated.


The 2022 LCM Hot & Dusty Photography Invitational is open to any professional and non-professional photographer. Non-Nevada residents are eligible to participate, but the images must be taken in Nevada. Eligible photographers must be 18 or older.


Final judging will be during the exhibition. Prizes will be awarded at the closing reception. Voting will occur in person by paper ballads.

Publication or dissemination of winning photographs

LCM reserves the right to use and name with appropriate credit to the photographer, any selected entry. LCM also reserves the right to use any photographs for advertising purposes. Copyright and intellectual property rights will remain with the photographer.


“Celebrate Nevada” August 2021

Winners announced

People’s Choice: “Driven by the Love of Tradition” by Heidi Leavitt

Artist Choice: “Side Street in Virginia City” by Lynn Rigoni

Staff/Docent Choice: “Driven by the Love of Tradition” by Heidi Leavitt

Best Sculpture: “Brave” by Jana Ward

The Hot & Dusty Fine Art Invitational returned to the Lost City Museum for its third year. This annual installation of fine art allowed residents of Moapa Valley to connect with local, internationally acclaimed, artistic talent. This year’s theme was “Celebrate Nevada,” a sentiment that resonated with area residents as normalcy returned to post-pandemic lives. It incorporated what it meant to live and have pride in the state of Nevada. The theme also allowed residents and artists to romanticize and actualize pre-pandemic activities. At the same time, it was an inward reflection and an embodiment of joy.

Twelve artists were lined up to participate in last year’s celebration and exhibit. The invited artists were representative of a diverse and inclusive Nevada. Returning last year (in alphabetical order) JD Challenger, Gig Depio, Nancy Glazier, Heidi Leavitt, Ken Kaylor, Lynn Rigoni, Tammy Symmons, and Janet Trobough. New artists joining us are Brent Holmes and Q’Shaundra James.  It ran from August 4 through 31, 2021 the event’s closing reception was cancelled due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in southern Nevada.


“The Beauty of the American Southwest” 2020

In 2020, Lost City Museum invited photographers with a connection to Moapa Valley to showcase their artwork following a theme of the “Beauty of the American Southwest.” Ten artists displayed gorgeous landscapes, portraits, and one cut paper submission. These photographs were entered into two contests: people’s choice and Staff/Docent choice awards.

Members of the public voted online and in person on their favorite photograph. First place for public choice went to Kris Zurbas’ “Sunset through a tree.” Second place was awarded to Kayla Doty’s metallic photograph titled “Backcountry.” Third place was awarded to Nicholas Yamashita for his “Soaring” mixed media photograph. Award winners for the Staff/Docent choice were Virginia Lucas’ “On the Highway to the Valley of Sand and Stone” (first place) and Kayla Doty’s “Backcountry.”


“Hot & Dusty” 2019

The Hot & Dusty Fine Art Invitational started in 2019 with the intent of bringing fine art to a rural community. Jana Ward, Guest Curator, organized local, internationally acclaimed participants. During its initial run, weekend programming and a closing reception helped to double museum membership. Each weekend, galleries were alive with laughter and stories as artists shared their philosophies with the public.

The vision of the exhibit was to increase the credibility of Lost City Museum as an art venue, visibility of the museum, encourage new membership, and assure that the show was a positive experience for the artists who were involved. These goals were met and exceeded  through a closing reception that hosted over 90 members from St. George, Utah to Las Vegas, Nevada. Three awards were given out that evening. The People’s Choice award was given to Susan Perez’s “Room with a View.” Artist’s Choice was awarded to Ken Kaylor’s “St. Thomas.” Staff and Docent Choice was awarded to both Ken Kaylor’s “St. Thomas” and JD Challenger’s “We the People.”