In 2001 the RIT photojournalism students felt that their work deserved a show of its own. A show that celebrated the great work being done in the program. With the help of professor Loret Steinberg, What We Do was born. 14 years later, the judging and subsequent exhibition have grown exponentially. Just in my time as an officer of the RIT NPPA, I have seen, and been a part of, the What We Do judging grow from prints carefully hung with binder clips to a series of folders shown in Photo Mechanic. The exhibition has grown from the center hallway cases on the second floor of Gannett Hall to the walls of a beautiful gallery. And the prizes have come to reflect the caliber of work they reward. As the RIT NPPA has matured, so to has What We Do.
As I mentioned above, last year was a year of big changes for What We Do. We went to a digital only submissions and judging format, no longer requiring students to submit prints for the judging. We also moved the exhibition from the hallways of building 7 to the Dyer Arts Center, a beautiful gallery housed in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the RIT Campus. This year, in response to the growing interest many students have in picture editing, we’ve added a Picture Editing Portfolio category. The winner of this category will receive full tuition to the Kalish Editing Workshop to be held at RIT in June. The judges are top notch: We have a multimedia professor at a top J School, an editor from the New York Times, and staff photographer from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The exhibition also has big changes. This year we are excited to announce that the What We Do winners will hang at Booksmart Studio in downtown Rochester, NY right in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts.
May the best photographer win.
– Maureen MacGregor, President
Submissions will be taken on April 8 from 9-11 P.M. in the PJ Lab (GAN-3140). You can find the entry guidelines here.
Judges’ lectures will begin at 6 P.M. on April 10 in McKenzie Commons in the Liberal Arts Building (LBR-1251).
The judging will begin at 9 A.M. on April 11 on the fourth floor of Gannett Hall in K-Lab (GAN-4090). Both events are open to the public.
The 2015 What We Do judges are:
Karen Cetinkaya – Picture Editor, The New York Times
Leila Navidi – Staff Photographer, The Star Tribune
Seth Gitner – Associate Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
The RIT NPPA is so thankful for the continued support of Nikon Professional Services, WHNPA, Tenba, the Gitner Family, and the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop. These sponsors provide the prizes for the winning photographers and editor.
This year’s top prizes will be:
Top Portfolio – Nikon D610 with 28mm f/1.8 lens.
Top Portfolio by a returning student – The Gitner Family Scholarship $1,300.
Top Picture Editing Portfolio – Tuition to the 2015 Kalish Editing Workshop.
Winners of singles categories will receive prizes from WHNPA, Nikon, and Tenba
The Gitner Family