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"The World of Light" Executive Panel of Judges

Judges for the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest include an executive panel who selected the top three winning photos.

See what they chose as the SPIE IYL Photo Contest winners and watch for an announcement in spring 2015 about how you can be a judge for the People's Choice Award.

Deborah Klochko

Deborah Klochko is the director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA (USA). Klochko has over twenty-five years experience in photography museums as an educator, director, and curator. She has curated over thirty exhibitions; was executive editor of see, an award-winning journal of visual culture; and is the founder of Speaking of Light: Oral Histories of American Photographers. Formerly the director of The Friends of Photography, she has also worked at the California Museum of Photography, the International Museum of Photography and Film, and the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

Joe NiemelaSPIE Member Joseph Niemela is a senior researcher at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste (Italy). In addition to being an avid photographer with an insatiable passion for travel photography, Niemela conducts research in fluid dynamics and low-temperature physics, heads the ICTP Office of External Activities, organizes the annual ICTP Winter College on Optics, and serves as the global secretariat for IYL2015. He has a PhD in physics from University of Oregon (USA) and has had photos published in la Repubblica and Il Piccolo.


Photo of Mathieu Young

Mathieu Young is an award-winning photographer and director based in Los Angeles, CA (USA). Young travels each year to volunteer his services for social enterprises such as KamWorks and Off-Grid Electric, organizations focused on bringing solar power to the developing world. His images have appeared in Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and many other publications.