SPIE International Year of Light 2015 Photo Contest – The World of Light

The International Year of Light 2015 recognizes the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture, and health. Share your work and show us how light and light-based technologies play a vital role in our everyday lives.

SPIE International Year of Light 2015 Photography Contest – submissions open 1 July:


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The World of Light: The Vital Role that Light and Light-based Technologies play in Daily Life

  • Photo contest opens 1 July and closes 30 September 2014.
  • Four winning photographs showing the vital role light plays in our daily life to be featured in each quarterly issue of SPIE Professional magazine in 2015
  • Photos selected as finalists to be displayed at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2015 for “People’s Choice Award”


  • The photo contest is open to people of all ages, both amateur and professional photographers, except employees of SPIE, their immediate families, and the contest judges. With the exception of residents of Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Iran, Sudan, North Korea, and Syria, the contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation. Entrants are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Contest is void where prohibited by law.
  • Digital photographs, photo titles, artist statements, and photo release forms must be submitted online. Entries submitted through the mail will not be accepted.
  • 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. Stitched panoramas are not acceptable. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified.
  • The photograph must not, in the sole discretion of the organizer, contain obscene, offensive, discriminatory, hateful, inflammatory, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.The photo title must be complete and accurate, sufficient to convey the circumstances in which the photograph was taken. Disguising or misrepresenting the origin of the content is cause for disqualification. Judges will look at every photo to see if it’s authentic and may disqualify photos that are in any way deceptive. Watermarks are not acceptable.
  • Each person may submit a maximum of two (2) entries. The contest is limited to the first 1,000 entries.


Judging 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 Year of Light.


  • 1st Place = $2,500
  • 2nd Place = $1,000
  • 3rd Place = $500
  • People’s Choice = $500

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