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The International Day of Light : a United Nations Program

16 May | The International Day of Light

16 May 2018 was the inaugural International Day of Light (IDL) – an annual, global initiative that provides a focal point for the continued appreciation of light. IDL aims to raise awareness of the critical role light-based technologies play in our lives, elevating science, technology, art, and culture to help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

Learn more: Read the SPIE press release.

See event photos from 2018 celebrations around the globe.

See who received an SPIE IDL Micro Grant to help celebrate IDL in 2019.

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The SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest

See the winners of the 2018 SPIE IDL Photo Contest

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

For more information about our annual contest, to enter, and to see winners and submissions from our 2018 contest, visit the SPIE IDL Photo Contest page.

The 2019 contest opens on IDL 2019, 16 May 2019, and will run until 16 September 2019.


Photonics for a better world
Photonics for a Better World
Read more about the altruistic endeavors of SPIE on the Photonics for a Better World blog, updated weekly to showcase how our community is building a better world through the application of optics and photonics.
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