SPIE International Year of Light 2015 Photo Contest

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


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

Image requirements: 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. Only limited enhancement of the original photograph is permitted for the purpose of improving brightness and contrast or removing minor cosmetic flaws.

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.

Each person may submit a maximum of two (2) entries online via the website.


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