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SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest

SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest

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.

The 2019 contest is closed.

Bookmark this page to enter the 2020 contest and see this year's winners announced soon.

Contest Details

Cash Prizes Important Dates
• First prize: US $2,500 • Contest opens: 16 May 2019
• Second prize: US $1,000 • Contest closes: 16 September 2019
• Third prize: US $500 • Winners notified: 16 October 2019
• Technology and Science prize: US $750 • Winners announced: 30 October 2019

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 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

New in 2019: A Technology and Sciences Prize sponsored by lightsources.org




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

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

Submissions from the 2017 and 2018 Photo Contests

2017 2018