Photo competition IDL2020

Because synchrotrons are based on light technologies - synchrotron radiation in the form of ultra-bright X-rays - we celebrate the International Day of Light every year on 16 May.

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

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 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

Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to win cash prizes.

In 2020, SPIE created a Youth Category for young photographers age 13-17 years old.

Find out how to participate on the SPIE website.