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Mark A. Philbrick retires this month after an incredible 40-year career as the university photographer. 

To mark the occasion, we've chosen 40 pictures (among millions of options) to share in this slideshow. 


  • Students in a line holding giant flags that spell Cougars

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Steve Young celebrating a touchdown catch
    Steve Young, 1983

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Coach LaVell Edwards stands in front of an assembly line of quarterbacks
    LaVell Edwards' Quarterback Factory, 1985

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Ty Detmer surrounded by teammates and coaches
    Ty Detmer's Heisman announcement, 1990

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Very tall Shawn Bradley towering over a short referee
    Shawn Bradley, 1991

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Chad Lewis hurdles an opposing football player
    Chad Lewis, 1995

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Cross country runners from many different schools round a corner
    Michaela Manova led women's cross country to its 3rd national championship, 2001

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • The view from above as a women's relay team runner passes the baton ahead to her teammate
    Women's relay, 2004

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Underwater photo of a diver entering the water surrounded by bubbles
    Dive team, 2005

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Jonny Harline kneels in the Utah endzone waiting to catch the game-winning touchdown
    Jonny Harline, 2006

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • A swimmer poised to plunge arms again into the Provo River
    Rachel Grant in the Provo River, 2007

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Coach Rose arguing a call with a referee
    Coach Dave Rose, 2010

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Jimmer Fredette celebrating on the basketball court
    Jimmer Freddette, 2011

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • a gymnast in the spotlight flings water with her hair in front of a dark background
    Gymnast Megan Bain, 2011

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Brandon Davies dunking over two players
    Brandon Davies, 2012

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Cheerleaders do the helicopter aerial stunt, as seen from below.
    Helicopter stunt, 2013

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Jordan Leslie reaching for a bobbled ball
    Jordan Leslie, 2014

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Bronco Mendenhall on the players shoulders in the Nebraska locker room
    Coach Bronco Mendenhall, 2015

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • LaVell Edwards Stadium at night
    LaVell Edwards Stadium, 2013

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Former BYU president Ernest Wilkinson throws a bucket of paint onto the Y
    Ernest Wilkinson whitewashing the Y, 1975

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • President Dallin Oaks wearing the Cosmo costume without the mask
    President Dallin H. Oaks as Cosmo,1979

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • President Jeffrey R. Holland hugging football player Mark Bellini on senior day
    President Jeffrey R. Holland, 1986.

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Gordon B. Hinckley and President Rex E. Lee smiling while wearing graduation robes
    Gordon B. Hinckley and President Rex E. Lee, 1992

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Marjorie Hinckley's eyes pop as President Bateman hands her a degree
    Marjorie Pay Hinckley receives an honorary doctorate from President Merrill J. Bateman, 2000.

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Dieter F. Uchtdorf and President Cecil O. Samuelson seated at graduation and smiling at each other
    Dieter F. Uchtdorf and President Cecil O. Samuelson, 2009

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • President Worthen seated at lunch in the Cannon Center, leaning over so a student can take a selfie with him
    President Kevin J Worthen, 2014

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • A girl looks over the crowd from above at the law school dedication
    Dedication of the law school, 1975

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • students at desks taking an exam
    Testing Center, 1976

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Students use the library card catalog
    Harold B. Lee Library, 1977

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • The Bell Tower and Provo temple lit up at night side by side
    Carillon Bell Tower and Provo Temple, 1978

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • A woman seated at a desk holding her Book of Mormon open
    Book of Mormon class, 1980

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Professor James A. Jensen, 1982

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Henry B. Eyring teaching a faculty development course
    Henry B. Eyring teaching faculty development course, 1997

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • a tent glows from lantern light in the jungle at night
    Professor Michael Whiting's insect research in Papa New Guinea, 2008

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Martina Ming sits in a wheelchair at a library table
    Martina Ming in library, 2009

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Martina Ming sits in a wheelchair at a library table
    Brigham Young statue during Homecoming 2012

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Ballroom dancers dresses light up with LED lights in seams
    Ballroom Dance Team wins at Blackpool, 2013

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • student plays trumpet in an elevated chair surrounded by microphones
    Large Anechoic Chamber, 2014

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Sun rises over the mountains and shines into the JFSB courtyard
    Joseph F. Smith Building, 2015

    Photo Credit: Mark Philbrick

  • Mark Philbrick wading chest-deep in the Provo River, pointing his camera downstream
    Mark Philbrick in the Provo River, 2013

    Photo Credit: Jaren Wilkey

In a 2008 devotional, President Cecil O. Samuelson recognized Mark as an "unsung hero" of the university.

"He is equally comfortable capturing with his cameras the images of prophets, performers, and players—all the while recognizing that his service to Brigham Young University is his focus, rather than any recognition that might rightfully accrue to him," Samuelson said.

But the recognition for his talents came anyway. Mark's photos of BYU earned him the distinction as the nation's top university photographer an unprecedented eight times. With Mark retiring this year, the University Photographer's Association of America decided to put his name on the award permanently, naming it The Mark A. Philbrick Photographer of the Year. 

This month Mark hands the reins to his protege, Jaren S. Wilkey. 

 

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