Winning photos in a contest for images showing the use of light and light-based technologies in daily life will win cash prizes and cover placement in a 2015 issue of SPIE Professional magazine.
Contest sponsor and organizer SPIE Professional is presenting the SPIE International Year of Light 2015 Photo Contest as part of the SPIE observance of the United Nations-declared International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in 2015 (IYL2015).
IYL2015 is a celebration of the crosscutting discipline of science that has revolutionized medicine, astronomy, and clean energy and opened up international communication via the Internet, and that continues to be central to linking cultural, economic, and political aspects of the global society.
Entries in the SPIE International Year of LIght contest must be received by 30 September 2014. Prizes will be awarded in 2015.
Judges knowledgeable in light-based technologies and photography will award a top prize of US $2,500, a second prize of $1,000, and a third prize of $500.
In addition, members of the optics and photonics community and the general public will vote on awarding a "People's Choice" prize of $500.
Photographers of all ages and from around the world are eligible to submit a maximum of two photos that show light or a light-based technology used in everyday life. Photos are not required to be scientific but they should hold some scientific interest or communicate the International Year of Light theme.
The International Year of Light initiative is led by UNESCO, supported by 100 partners from more than 85 countries, and coordinated by the European Physical Society (EPS) and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).
Founding sponsors of IYL2015 are SPIE and EPS as well as The American Institute of Physics (AIP); the American Physical Society (APS); the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG); the IEEE Photonics Society; the Institute of Physics (IOP); the lightsources.org International Network; and the Optical Society (OSA). Philips Lighting is a patron sponsor.