A few years ago, #RITphoto decided to launch a competition with the intention of discovering, supporting and promoting a new generation of image makers. The faculty decided to use Instagram as the platform, where students would be able to enter by tagging their best five images with #RITphotoPrize2015. This year, there were nearly 650 entries from students all around the US and beyond, which made the selection process very challenging. The jury, consisting of five faculty members, each selected one winner, and collectively decided on the grand prize winner.

We are pleased to share the work of these very talented students and to congratulate Grace Carr on winning this year’s RIT Photo Prize.

Grace Carr


Instagram    @gracecarrphotography
Carroll Community College –  studied with Milana Braslavsky
Winters Mill High School –  studied with Sharon Schaeffer
Westminster, Maryland
RIT Photo Juror: Rachel Jerome Ferraro

Jared Hjyu

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Instagram   @jaredhjyu
Edmonds Woodway High School – studied with Tiffany Davis
Lynnwood, Washington
RIT Photo Juror: Jenn Poggi

Lynn Ogawa
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Instagram   @lynn.ogawa
duPont Manual High School – studied with Wes Curtis (Thank You for all the BigShot help!)
Louisville, Kentucky
RIT Photo Juror: Laurie O’Brien

Matthew Cheung
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Instagram   @mcheungphoto
Pacific Ridge School – studied with Alison Behr
Carlsbad, California
RIT Photo Juror: Christye Sisson

Massoud Sheikh
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Massoud Sheikh. Instagram @crimsonghostsharontate

Charles O’Dickenson High School, Trumansburg, NY
RIT Photo Juror: Greg Halpern