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SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest

Submit your photo

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

The photo contest is open to people of all ages, both amateur and professional photographers. Submit your image.


   Cash Prizes:

      • 1st Prize: US $2,500
      • 2nd Prize: US $1,000
      • 3rd Prize: US $500


   Important Dates:

      • 16 May 2018: Contest opens
      • 16 September 2018: Contest closes
      • 16 October 2018: Winners notified


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:

      • Light technology such as lasers, LEDs, etc.

      • Various properties of light and how it interacts with the atmosphere, nature, and materials

      • 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

Have questions? Need more information? Email us at IDLinfo@spie.org. Review contest rules at the bottom of this page.

Submissions from the 2017 Photo Contest

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Contest Rules

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

The 2019 SPIE IDL Photo Contest will open on IDL 2019, 16 May 2019.