Cast your vote for SPIE People's Choice Award

Celebrate light, make a photographer’s year: cast your vote for the People's Choice Award!

Photo aficionados everywhere are being asked to help choose the People’s Choice Award winner in the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest, organized by SPIE Professional magazine as part of the United Nations-declared International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015). The winning photo will receive a prize of US$500, and voters who register have a chance to win a GoPro camera.

The 32 dazzling finalist photos portray light and light-based technologies in daily life -- LEDs, solar panels, adaptive optics, and lasers -- and in doing so promote multiple solutions to global challenges in energy, education, security, agriculture, and health. The photos depict issues such as light pollution, energy conservation, and sustainable energy, and celebrate our connection with nature.

People's Choice voting runs online through 15 August. Voters who provide their email addresses will be entered in a drawing for a GoPro camera.

In addition to securing the cash prize, the winning image will be featured on the cover of SPIE Professional magazine in October. SPIE will announce the People's Choice Award winner in September.

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“Second-place winner Susanta Mukherjee, an amateur photographer from West Bengal, India, traveled to a village without electricity in March 2014 and captured the appreciation of children who received free solar-powered study lights.”

The SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest was organized to raise awareness about the vital role that light and light-based technologies play in daily life. IYL2015 is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. SPIE is a Founding Partner of IYL2015.

While the SPIE International Year of Light Photo Contest has been extremely successful in engaging people within the photonics community, it has been perhaps even more successful in engaging people outside the community. The photos themselves have served as ambassadors of the IYL observance, raising  awareness of the inspiring beauty of light in nature, art and even technology as well as of the power of light-based technologies to provide benefit in lives around the world. SPIE is very grateful for the response from the photographers, the judges and others who have seen the photos to date. We hope that the People’s Choice Awards voting will connect many more people who may enjoy the images and thereby appreciate how vitally important light is to each of us.

SPIE CEO Dr. Eugene Arthurs

The SPIE IYL Photo Contest received more than 800 images. An international panel of executive and student judges selected the top 35 photos after evaluating all on scientific interest, creativity, and how well the photo communicated the contest theme.

SPIE is providing prizes of US$2,500 for the first-place photo; $1,000 for second place; and $500 each for third place and People’s Choice. SPIE Professional magazine is featuring the winning photos on the covers of each quarterly issue of the magazine in 2015.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2014. www.spie.org.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.

Contacts

Amy Nelson
Public Relations Manager
amy@spie.org
+1 360 685 5478
@SPIEtweets

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
john.dudley@univ-fcomte.fr

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
light2015@ictp.it