SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest

SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest

Shining a light on our global stage

The competition is organized by the SPIE. The international society for optics and photonics located in Bellingham, USA.

The SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest is held annually to raise awareness about the International Day of Light and to demonstrate the impact that light has on cultural, economic, and political aspects of our world. Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to win cash prizes.

Cash Prizes

  • First Prize: US $2,500
  • Second Prize: US $1,000
  • Third Prize: US $500
  • Technology and Science Prizes: US $750
  • Youth Prizes: Surprise gift box of SPIE merchandise

Important Dates

  • 16 May 2023: Photo Contest opens
  • 16 September 2023: Photo Contest closes
  • 16 October 2023: Winners are notified
  • 30 October 2023: Winners are announced

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 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

Photographers age 13 to 17 should submit their images to the Youth Photo Contest.

By entering the International Day of Light Photo Contest, you are agreeing to the rules.

Website link: https://spie.org/about-spie/international-day-of-light/idl-photo-contest?SSO=1

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