SPIE International Day Of Light Photo Contest 2024

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SPIE International Day Of Light Photo Contest 2024

SPIE International Day Of Light Photo Contest 2024 is now open for entries!

SPIE International Day Of Light Photo Contest 2024: The SPIE International Day of Light 2024 (IDL2024) is a prestigious annual competition recently opened for entires that has a goal to raise public awareness about the International Day of Light and the vital role light and related technology plays in our daily lives.

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The SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest 2024 now contest is open!

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

This contest, organised by SPIE, encourages both amateur and professional photographers from around the globe to capture and submit compelling images that showcase the multifaceted role of light.

This year’s theme is “The Power of Light”, which aims to showcase the transformative and awe-inspiring impact of light on our lives, communities, and planet. Two technology-specific divisions, “Technology-Made Images” and a “Technology Around the Globe,” are also available for entry.

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

Each person may submit a maximum of 2 entries.

Each photograph will be judged on the following criteria:

Content: Appropriateness and coverage of content in relation to the theme.
Scientific interest: Overall effectiveness in engaging and communicating the contest theme to viewers.
Creativity/artistry: Innovation and creativity in the concept.
Execution: Execution of photography techniques used to enhance the quality and content of entries.
Overall appeal for the International Day of Light

The Winners will be announced 30 October 2024.

Submission requirements:

Digital photographs, photo titles, and artist statements must be submitted online via the SPIE.org website.

Photographs depicting the vital role that light and light-based technologies plays in daily life must be in digital format, suitable for public exhibition and printing at high-resolution.

All images must be 300 dpi or more and at least 3,000 pixels on the longest side. File size should be no less than 5MB and no greater than 20MB. TIF and JPEG/JPG are the ONLY accepted formats. Please submit the highest quality images that meet these requirements.

Only limited enhancement of the original photograph is permitted for the purpose of improving brightness and contrast or removing minor cosmetic flaws. Black and white images are acceptable. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified.

The artist statement should include the subject of the image, the location and date the image was taken, the equipment used to capture the image, any adjustments made to the image, a description of how it is tied to the contest’s theme, and any other interesting details about the photo.

Who may enter?

The photo contest is open to adults aged 18 and up, both amateur and professional photographers.


Photographers have the opportunity to gain international recognition and win significant cash prizes. The first-place winner will receive $2,500, while the second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. There are also special awards for technology and science images, each worth $750. Youth participants, aged 13 to 17, can compete for unique SPIE merchandise gift boxes.

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