A World of Light: The Vital Role That Light and Light-Based Technologies Play in Daily Life 2019

US$4750 in cash prizes for photos featuring light


The SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest is being held to raise awareness about International Day of Light and the vital role that light and light-based technologies play in daily life.

The photo contest is open to people of all ages, both amateur and professional photographers.

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 photo content includes, but is not exclusive to, artistic images that depict:
• Light technology such as lasers, LEDs, etc.
• Various properties of light and how it interacts with the atmosphere, nature, and materials
• 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

SPIE is a not-for-profit international professional society that supports scientists and engineers in the fields of optics and photonics. Learn more about SPIE at http://SPIE.org. SPIE is a supporter of the UNESCO International Day of Light.


General Category:
1st Place: US $2,500
2nd Place: US $1,000
3rd Place: US $500

Technology and Science category, sponsored by Lightsources.org.


The photo contest is open to people of all ages, both amateur and professional photographers, except employees of SPIE and optics.org, their immediate families, the contest judges, and consultants/contractors of SPIE. Immediate family is defined as all grandparents, parents, spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren, in-laws, or anyone living in the SPIE or optics.org employee’s household. Entrants are subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Copyrights & 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. No images will be used for commercial purposes.

It is the responsibility of each entrant to obtain all relevant model and/or property releases. By submitting images, each entrant assures that all images are their original works and no copyright and/or trademark infringement rights have been violated. It is not the responsibility of SPIE to obtain model and/or property release forms or to assure/examine protection of trademark or copyright infringement rights.

Each entrant agrees that personal data, including name, hometown, and affiliation, may be used for advertising and promotional purposes in the context of the photo contest and for any other purposes outlined in these official rules. The data may also be used by the organizer in order to verify the participant's identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the participant's eligibility to participate in the contest. Personal data will be used by the organizer and its affiliates exclusively for the purposes stated herein.

SPIE reserves the right to verify the validity and originality of any entry and/or entrant (including an entrant's identity and address) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these official rules or who tampers with the entry process.


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