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SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest

The 2017 SPIE IDL Photo Contest Winners

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Submissions from the 2017 SPIE IDL Photo Contest

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The 2018 SPIE IDL Photo Contest : Coming soon

The 2018 SPIE IDL Photo Contest will launch on IDL 2018, 16 May 2018.

The contest will run until 16 September 2018. Photos submitted during this contest will be celebrating IDL 2019.

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.


   Cash Prizes:

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


   Important Dates:

      • 16 May 2018: 2018 contest opens
      • 16 September 2018: 2018 contest closes
      • 16 October 2018: 2018 winners notified


The theme of the photo contest will be: A World of Light: The Vital Role That Light and Light-Based Technologies Play in Daily Life. Examples of content includes, but is 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

Have questions? Need more information? Email us at IDLinfo@spie.org.

Contest Rules

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