The following year, in 1976, Philbrick accompanied one of the performing arts teams on a trip to Europe to take photos documenting the monumental tour. Before the end of the trip, Philbrick was informed he had been hired as the Brigham Young University's first full-time photographer.
Since that time, Philbrick has been instrumental in portraying BYU's image to the world. He has traveled the world, accompanying researchers and performing groups, and has captured some of the most memorable moments in BYU history.
In 2012 Philbrick was named photographer of the year for the seventh time by the University Photographers' Association of America, making him the "winningest" photographer in the UPAA's history.
In 2011 Philbrick was honored as a first class inductee to the Master of the Profession Award, given for a lifetime of excellence in university photography.