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SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest

SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest

The SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest is being held to raise awareness about IDL and the vital role that light and light-based technologies play in daily life.

The photo contest is open to people of all ages, both amateur and professional photographers. Submit your image.


   Cash Prizes:

      • 1st Prize: US $2,500
      • 2nd Prize: US $1,000
      • 3rd Prize: US $500


   Important Dates:

      • 15 May 2017: Contest opens
      • 15 September 2017: Contest closes
      • 16 October 2017: Winners notified


The theme of the photo contest is: A World of Light: The Vital Role That Light and Light-Based Technologies Play in Daily Life. Examples of content includes, but is not exclusive to, artistic images that depict:

      • Various properties of light and how it interacts with the atmosphere, nature, and materials
      • Light technology such as lasers, LEDs, etc.
      • Images created with light technology such as telescopes and microscopes
      • People interacting with light and/or light technology
      • The betterment of the human condition with light

The next contest will open as soon as this contest closes; be sure to return to this page often to submit your winning photo.

Have questions? Need more information? Email us at IDLinfo@spie.org.

Examples of previous contest submissions

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Contest Rules

By entering the International Day of Light Photo Contest, you are agreeing to the contest rules found here.