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SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest


Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 photo contest

The annual SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest is held to raise awareness about IDL and the vital role that light and light-based technologies play in daily life. This year, photographers from Canada, Germany, and Turkey were named winners of the contest, from more than 850 entries depicting the world-of-light theme. The winners are:

First Prize (US $2,500): Thomas Vijayan from Ontario, Canada for his image 'Big Shadow'
"I waited for two long days for a life-size image of a giraffe. This is one of my dream shots. Shooting angle and shooting hour of the day was most important to get this perfect life-size shadow. In one look you will feel the shadow is the real giraffe but in reality, it is the other way around. And one more interesting part is the shadow giraffe takes the body design from the grass which perfectly fuses with its natural design."

Second Prize (US $1,000): Manfred Hager from Munich, Germany for his image 'Starlight' depicting the "First Light" event of the 4LGSF (Four Laser Guide Star Facility) at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in the Atacama desert in Chile.

Third Prize (US $500): Leyla Emektar from Erdek, Turkey for her image 'Scaffolding Cafe' depicting the silhouettes of activity from a bustling street cafe in Turkey.

Submissions from the 2018 Photo Contest


Contest Details

The SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest is an annual event that provides imagery to support the celebration of IDL. The contest kicks off each year on IDL, 16 May, and runs for three months, giving professional and amateur photographers alike the opportunity to show how light impacts cultural, economic, and political aspects of our global society.

By entering the International Day of Light Photo Contest, applicants agree to the contest rules found here.

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

See submissions from the 2017 contest by clicking on the gallery below.