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Big Shot heads for Croatia, and you’re invited

This test shot shows the Old City wall in Dubrovnik that will be captured in RIT’s next Big Shot photo.

RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences is taking its annual Big Shot photo project to Croatia in April. The school is extending an invitation to the RIT community to travel abroad for this international event to be hosted by RIT’s American College of Management and Technology, nestled in the heart of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik, located along the Adriatic coast, is a tourist mecca and home for the past 10 years to ACMT. The college offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in hospitality and service management, a new master of science degree in service management, and several certificate programs to serve the local business community. More than 600 students are enrolled in ACMT programs.

“The Big Shot will be a great way to have other RIT colleges involved with ACMT,” says Don Hudspeth, president and dean. “I think this endeavor is also a great opportunity to boost the reputation of RIT and ACMT within Croatia and the region, particularly the city of Dubrovnik. There have been many photographs taken of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, but not a photograph as unique as this one.”

What’s unique about Big Shot, often described as “painting with light,” is that it requires hundreds of volunteers to illuminate a subject area using camera flashes and flashlights during an extended exposure. The subject area for this nighttime photograph will be the original entrance to Dubrovnik’s Old Town. The stone wall stands about 100 feet high.

Faculty members Michael Peres, Bill DuBois and Dawn Tower DuBois reprise their roles as Big Shot coordinators for this 23rd Big Shot. “We are so excited to be traveling to an RIT site in Europe,” says Bill DuBois, administrative chair of photographic arts in RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. “We will be photographing structures built in the 1400s that are not only historically significant, but absolutely beautiful. We hope that anyone planning to travel to Europe next spring would consider coming to Dubrovnik and being part of the Big Shot.”  

The Big Shot will take place on Thursday, April 12, after sunset. Big Shot coordinators ask that anyone planning to participate in the shot arrive in Dubrovnik no later than April 11. The average cost per person including accommodations and airfare would range between $1,500 to $2,000. Individuals would be responsible for booking their own flights and hotel accommodations.  

Immediately following the Big Shot, there will be a reception for faculty, staff, students and alumni. Alumni interested in traveling to Dubrovnik to participate in the Big Shot should contact Nina  Skuric, ACMT corporate relations and professional development manager, at 011-385-20-433-000 or at nskuric@acmt.hr.

Fundraising efforts are underway in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences to send a student to participate in the event. For more information on how to make a donation, contact Donna Sterlace at 585-475-2863 or dms2334@rit.edu. To learn more about the Big Shot, visit www.rit.edu/bigshot.