Coordinated by RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the signature Big Shot “painting with light” annual night-time community photography event is an RIT innovation that began in 1959. Volunteers are recruited from wherever the Big Shot is scheduled, and several thousand people of all ages—RIT/NTID students, faculty and staff as well as members of the local community—come out with flashlights and fortitude, warm or cold, rain or shine, to light the chosen venue and help make a spectacular image of something amazing. This year’s Big Shot was right here at High Falls, Rochester, N.Y.
Last year’s event resulted in an award-winning Big Shot of Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The stadium shot received two awards from the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an organization of advancement professionals in the areas of alumni relations, communications and philanthropy. Some of the other venues for The Big Shot have been The Alamo, The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, the Pile Gate Dubrovnik Old Town in Croatia, and a number of venues closer to and in Rochester. See past Big Shot images and read more here.