Light Images

Light is required to make photographic images of all kinds and often drives artistic expression. We have pulled together galleries of images, highlighting scenes of science and beauty and illustrating the use of light in art. Enjoy browsing the images and learn more about IYL and the world of optics through an artistic lens.

SPIE’s World of Light Photography Contest
The Vital Role that Light and Light-based Technologies Play in Daily Life

  • Open July 1st to September 30th 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"
  • Prizes: $2,500 (1st), $1,000 (2nd), $500 (3rd), $500 (People’s Choice)

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Light Beyond the Bulb
This is an open-source international exhibition program to showcase the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across the electromagnetic spectrum, across scientific disciplines, and across technological platforms.
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The Offenburg University Project
View and download posters created by students at the Offenburg University to celebrate the International Year of Light.
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OPN image gallery
Optics & Photonics News has three galleries of stunning optics images from OSA members and others in the community.
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NASA – Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
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