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SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest

SPIE International Day of Light 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.

Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to win cash prizes. Photographers age 13 to 17 should submit their images to the Youth Photo Contest.

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

New for the 2021 contest: With our partners at lightsources.org, we have added another science and technology prize. See details below and in our rules.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Cash Prizes:
• First Prize: US $2,500
• Second Prize: US $1,000
• Third Prize: US $500
• Technology and Science Prizes: US $750 each*
• Youth Prizes: Surprise gift box of SPIE merchandise Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Each entrant grants SPIE a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, copy, and reproduce in any medium images submitted to the photo contest, and to use the images in derivative works such as posters, articles, or via any means or form of dissemination. SPIE will include full credit to the photographer any time an image is used. SPIE may allow cooperating organizations to use images to promote the International Day of Light, or other purposes in alignment with the SPIE educational purposes. Youth contestant images will not be shared with cooperating organizations. No images will be used for commercial purposes. USAGE RIGHTS: Each entrant grants SPIE a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, copy, and reproduce in any medium images submitted to the photo contest, and to use the images in derivative works such as posters, articles, or via any means or form of dissemination. SPIE will include full credit to the photographer any time an image is used. SPIE may allow cooperating organizations to use images to promote the International Day of Light, or other purposes in alignment with the SPIE educational purposes. Youth contestant images will not be shared with cooperating organizations. No images will be used for commercial purposes.


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