International Day of Light Photo Contest 2019

International Day of Light Photo Contest is an annual event that provides imagery to support the celebration of IDL. The contest kicks off each year on IDL (International Day of Light), 16 May, and runs for three months, giving professional and amateur photographers alike the opportunity to show how light impacts cultural, economic, and political aspects of our global society.

International Day of Light Photo Contest prizez
IDL Photo Contest

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

Theme: 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


•First prize: US $2,500
•Second prize: US $1,000
•Third prize: US $500
•Technology and Science prize: US $750

Entry deadline: 16th September 2019
Winners will be notified 16 October 2019.

Image requirements: 300 dpi or more and at least 3,000 pixels on the longest side. No less than 5MB and no greater than 20MB in file size. TIF and JPEG/JPG are the ONLY accepted formats. 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.
Each person may submit a maximum of two (2) entries. The contest is limited to the first 1,000 entries.

By entering the SPIE Photo Contest, you are agreeing to the contest rules found here

Online submission of digital photographs via the website:

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