Day of Photo

Picture Yourself at RIT

RIT's renowned School of Photographic Arts and Sciences hosts a Day of Photo event every fall!

On Friday, Nov. 13, prospective students are invited to spend some time with us and explore our undergraduate photo offerings: Advertising PhotographyFine Art PhotographyPhotographic SciencesPhotojournalism and Visual Media

A students points a camera.

Throughout the virtual event, attendees will:

  • Gain insights from current students and our award-winning faculty
  • Talk with some of our amazing alumni
  • Get a glimpse at our industry-standard cameras and equipment
  • See our incomparable facilities
  • Hear from Undergraduate Admissions about the application and financial aid process

Register Now

We hope you can join us for this free event on Friday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. (EST).


Past in-person Day of Photo events have included portrait and high-speed photography demos, a student panel, facilities tours, equipment showcases and portfolio reviews. Photos by Photojournalism student Ben Braun.


Any questions about the event can be sent to

A student panel speaks at Day of Photo 2017
RIT photography students talk about their experiences during a past Day of Photo panel discussion. Photo by Ryan Flanagan '18 (photographic sciences).

Instagram Contest

In conjunction with Day of Photo, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences runs an annual RIT Photo Prize Instagram competition to discover, support and promote the next generation of image makers. High school and community college students are eligible to enter the juried contest.

Faculty Dan Hughes stands next to Photo Prize winner Liz Henson.Lecturer Dan Hughes, left, with 2019 Instagram contest grand-prize winner Liz Henson, who was awarded a Canon DSLR camera. Photo by Ben Braun. 

How to Enter/Eligibility

It’s simple: Tag your 10 best Instagram posts with #RITphotoprize2020. That’s it! Jurors will follow the tagged submissions and winners are announced during the Day of Photo event. Attendance is not required to be a winner.

Participants must currently be enrolled in seventh through 12th grades or community college, and be in a photography class. Final awarding of prizes will require proof of student status.

Prizes and Jurors

Contest jurors will select an Image of Excellence winner and Images of Distinction honorees. Previous winners have received prizes such as a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, cameras and photography equipment. The prizes for 2020 are to be announced.

The jurors are School of Photographic Arts and Sciences faculty representing all of the offered disciplines within the school.