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SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest

The 2020 SPIE IDL Photo Contest

The SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest is held annually to raise awareness about IDL and to demonstrate the impact light has on cultural, economic, and political aspects of our global society. 

The 2020 Photo Contest closed 16 September 2020. Thank you to all who submitted photos. Winners will be announced 30 October — stay tuned!

The theme of the 2020 photo contest was A World of Light: The Vital Role That Light and Light-Based Technologies Play in Daily Life. Examples of content include, but are 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

Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to win cash prizes. And, new in 2020, SPIE created a Youth Category for photographers age 13-17 years old.

Contest Details

The 2020 SPIE IDL Photo Contest ran from 16 May 2020 to 16 September 2020.

By entering the International Day of Light Photo Contest, participants agreed to the rules.

Have questions? Email us at IDLinfo@spie.org.

Cash Prizes: Important Dates:
• First Prize: US $2,500 • 16 May 2020: The 2020 Photo Contest opens
• Second Prize: US $1,000 • 16 September 2020: The 2020 Photo Contest closes
• Third Prize: US $500 • 16 October 2020: Winners are notified
• Technology Prize*: US $750 • 30 October 2020: Winners are announced
• Youth Prizes: Surprise gift box of SPIE Merchandise  

The Technology and Sciences Prize is sponsored by lightsources.org


Submissions from previous Photo Contests

2017 2018 2019