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2017 Photo Contest Ends 20 September, 2017

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
      • 20 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 2018 contest will open 1 October 2017.

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.