Day of Photo

Picture Yourself at RIT

RIT's renowned Photo School hosts a Day of Photo event every fall! This year's in-person event is set for Friday, Oct. 22.

A student looks through the viewfinder of a camera.

Throughout the free event, prospective students spend time with us exploring our undergraduate photo offerings: Advertising Photography, Fine Art Photography, Photographic Sciences, Photojournalism and Visual Media

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, event attendees have a chance to:

  • Be among the first guests to tour multi-million-dollar renovated facilities in the renowned School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
  • Get a glimpse at our industry-standard cameras and equipment
  • Spend time with award-winning faculty and students
  • Learn more about our undergraduate BFA and BS program offerings
  • Join our #RITphotoprize2021 Instagram contest for a chance to win prizes 
  • Hear from Undergraduate Admissions about the application and financial aid process

Register for the free event!

For those in need of interpreting services throughout the event, please email

A Rich History

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. Hover over images for photo credit.

Photo Prize Contest

Faculty Dan Hughes poses with a high school student who won the 2019 RIT Photo Prize top honor.

In conjunction with Day of Photo, the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences is running its eighth annual RIT Photo Prize Instagram competition to discover, support and highlight the next generation of image makers! 

Entry and Eligibility

Entry into the contest is simple: Tag your 10 best Instagram posts with #RITphotoprize2021. That’s it! Our faculty judges will follow the tagged submissions and winners will be announced during the Day of Photo event on Oct. 22. 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. Submissions will close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) Friday, Oct. 15.


Five award winners will be determined by our team of five faculty judges: four Images of Distinction and the top prize, Image of Excellence. Prizes for 2021 are to be announced. Previous winners have received subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud, cameras, photography equipment and more.

Above photo: Photographic Sciences Program Director Dan Hughes with 2019 Image of Distinction winner Liz Henson


The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences is nearing the completion of a $3.5 million renovation that is bolstering what were already state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The work — made possible by a substantial gift from Chance Wright '18 (Advertising Photography) and his mother, Pamela Mars Wright — is expected to be completed soon. Take a virtual tour of renderings of the new-and-improved spaces, and see them in-person during Day of Photo on Oct. 22

New spaces and facilities upgrades include: 

  • New professional sound room for recording interviews and audio editing.
  • New motion media room outfitted with high-performance computers for video editing.
  • New 4D media room equipped for the creation of stop-motion video.
  • An ultra-modern student lounge — with new furniture and an adjacent study center for meetings, working and relaxing.
  • Upgrades to the school's darkrooms, accompanied by a new classroom area for teaching and critique
  • Upgraded computer lab, complete with enhanced screens, computers and scanning and printing capabilities. 
  • Expanded footprint to accommodate additional equipment for the school's Photo Cage, an equipment rental space that offers the latest gear and accessories for checkout.

Visiting Protocols

There is nothing more important to RIT than the safety and well-being of the special community that makes our campus such a remarkable place to live and learn. This concern extends to those who visit campus for events, tours, conferences and more.

For detailed information about RIT's COVID-19 safety procedures, please visit the RIT Ready website.


A student poses for a portrait in a studio.

Questions about the event can be sent to: