SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest

Enter the 2020 SPIE IDL Photo Contest

The SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest is held annually to raise awareness about IDL and to demonstrate the impact light has on cultural, economic, and political aspects of our global society. 

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

Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to win cash prizes.

New in 2020, SPIE has created a Youth Category for young photographers age 13-17 years old. See details below and submit your photo today!

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Contest Details

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

The 2020 SPIE IDL Photo Contest runs from 16 May 2020 to 16 September 2020.

Have questions? Email us at IDLinfo@spie.org.

Cash Prizes: Important Dates:
• First Prize: US $2,500 • 16 May 2020: The 2020 Photo Contest opens
• Second Prize: US $1,000 • 16 September 2020: The 2020 Photo Contest closes
• Third Prize: US $500 • 16 October 2020: Winners are notified
• Technology Prize*: US $750 • 30 October 2020: Winners are announced
• Youth Prizes: Surprise gift box of SPIE Merchandise  

The Technology and Sciences Prize is sponsored by lightsources.org


Submissions from previous Photo Contests

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