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People’s Choice Award

 

People’s Choice Award

A photo of a 5-year-old boy studying in a dark hut, with only natural light streaming through a small window, has been selected for the People’s Choice Award in the SPIE International Year of Light (IYL) Photo Contest.

Handi Laksono, a travel and landscape photographer from East Java, photographed the boy 1 September 2014 in the remote village of Wae Rebo on Flores Island in Indonesia, where access to electricity is extremely limited.

IYL People's Choice Award winning photography

Nearly 2000 members of the general public and the optics and photonics community voted on their favorite among 32 eligible photos earlier this year. Laksono’s photo received the most votes.

SPIE is providing a prize of US $500 to the People’s Choice winner, and Laksono says he will donate his prize money for the boy’s education.

The photo was taken inside one of the traditional homes for which Wae Rebo is known. Houses in the Manggaraian architectural style consist of five-level, conical-shaped buildings called mbaru niang that are wrapped in thatched leaves from the surrounding tropical jungle.

As is the case for 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity, residents of Wae Rebo have little to no electricity for reading, cooking, and other aspects of daily living. The village’s only lighting sources are from the sun and small solar panels attached to the top of some houses.

The solar panel in the house where Laksono photographed the child powers a single light bulb that is turned on only from 6 to 9 pm.

“For the children who wish to study in their house in the morning, the light from the small windows is the [only] option,” Laksono says.

Because of that light poverty, children like the boy in the photo, identified only as Andi, are sent to live at the nearest village, nine kilometers away, to attend school during the week.

image for IYL photo contestThe SPIE IYL Photo Contest was held to raise awareness about the vital role that light and light-based technologies play in daily life.

IYL is a UN-sponsored initiative to celebrate the crosscutting discipline of science that has revolutionized medicine, astronomy, and clean energy; opened up international communication via the Internet; and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic, and political aspects of the global society.

SPIE is one of 12 founding partners of IYL.

An international panel of executive and student judges selected Paul Reiffer as the first-place winner in the photo contest. The second-place winner was Susanta Mukherjee, and Ian Bell won the third-place prize.

Voting in the People’s Choice Award competition was conducted from April to August 2015. Photos eligible for the prize were exhibited at several SPIE meetings where attendees could vote on their favorite.


Runners-up for the People’s Choice Award are below, along with more information about the light and light-based technologies depicted in each photo.

 

Avila Maria Francesca

Solar Powered Street Lamps, by Maria Francesca Avila (Philippines), basketball court, Quezon City, Philippines, 15 October 2014.

Information: Solar power LED street lighting offers a highly energy-efficient LED solution superior to conventional lighting and allows for a lamp post spacing of up to 50 meters.

Azhagu karpakam sadai pandiyan

Educating, by Sadai Pandiyan Azhagu-Karpakam (India), residence without electricity, Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu, India, 29 September 2014.

Information: Three billion people, more than 40% of the world’s population, use wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating, and 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity. SPIE is among numerous organizations endorsing the U.N. Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which works to ensure that all people across the globe have access to modern energy services.

Dipayan Bhar

Sustainable Energy, by Dipayan Bhar (India), residence without electricity, Kolkata, India, 21 January 2013.

Information: Solutions found in green photonics. Light-management techniques are making thin-film solar cells more efficient and less expensive. Better light emitters, phosphors, and lenses are making LEDs brighter and more efficient.

John Danrev Bolus

Night of Reflections, by John Danrev Bolus (Philippines), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 23 January 2014.

Information: Light illuminates spirits, minds, and hearts in every culture. The language of every major world religion speaks about light.

Mario Cardenas

Transfer of Wisdom, Culture and Heritage, by Mario Cardenas (UAE), cave in Al Ain, UAE, 21 February 2014.

Information: Light illuminates spirits, minds, and hearts in every culture. The language of every major world religion speaks about light.

Bernardo Cesare

Transparent Rock, by Bernardo Cesare (Italy), Padova, Italy, 14 August 2013.

Information: As one of the oldest examples of light in art, stained glass dates back to the fourth century. To learn more about light in art and culture visit: Light2015.org.

Di Chang

Natural Light and Artificial Light, by Di Chang (Canada), at Empire State Building, New York, USA, 29 December 2013.

Information: Light pollution causes most urban dwellers to experience the effects of poor-quality lighting, which is a concern on many fronts including safety, energy conservation, and human health. To address this issue, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) began a collaboration to develop a worldwide light-pollution education campaign, ‘GLOBE at Night.’

Inigo Cia

Night Over Bardenas, by Inigo Cia (UK), Bardenas Desert, Spain, 18 August 2014.

Information: Our first experiences of light and color are through what we see in the nature, from rainbows to sunsets. The array of colors in the sky during sunset are created by scattered airborne particles passing through rays of white sunlight traveling through the atmosphere.

Spencer Cox

Amiens Cathedral, by Spencer Cox (USA), Amiens, France, 26 November 2013.

Information: Light illuminates spirits, minds, and hearts in every culture. The language of every major world religion speaks about light.

Jasper da Seymour

The Constant, by Jasper da Seymour (Australia), Mystery Creek Cave, Tasmania, Australia, 15 July 2014.

Information: Inspired by the art of painting with light, Seymour uses fiber optic lighting in his photography. See Seymours’ portfolio.

Andrew Davidhazy

Interference in Soapy Water Film, by Andrew Davidhazy (USA), Rochester, NY, USA, 2011.

Information: Interference of light causes colors to appear in thin films which otherwise appear transparent and colorless. For more high-speed, schlieren photographs see Davidhazys’ portfolio.

Abhijit Dey

The Light for Hope, by Abhijit Dey (India), madrasah in Duttapukur, West Bengal, India, 23 August 2010.

Information: Three billion people, more than 40% of the world’s population, use wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating, and 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity. SPIE is among numerous organizations endorsing the U.N. Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which works to ensure that all people across the globe have access to modern energy services.

Jean-Luc Dorier

Light Therapy Glasses Help People Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder, by Jean-Luc Dorier (Switzerland), Village of Mase, Switzerland, 22 August 2014.

Information: By harnessing the power of light to understand and heal disorders, and diseases, like jaundice, researchers continue to develop new ways to improve people’s lives.

Ebrahim Elmoly

Revolution, by Ebrahim Elmoly (Egypt), Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, 5 March 2011.

Information: Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are popular for computer screens, televisions, and mobile phones. LCDs are not self-emissive, thus must be backlit. Using linearly polarized organic LEDs (OLEDs) as LCD backlights directly removes polarizers to avoid absorptive loss and improves the power efficiency of LCDs significantly.

Federico Giussani

Fuerteventura Milky Way, by Federico Giussani (Italy), Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain, 8 August 2013.

Information: Light is necessary to create an image exposure for a photograph. Astrophotography requires long exposures, a cable release, and a rigid tripod. To learn how to photograph comets, meteors, star trails, or the moon, see Kodak’s astrophotography basics.

Laurie Hatch

Shane Adaptive Optics (AO) Laser Guide Star/ShARCS, by Laurie Hatch (USA), Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, California, USA, 10 September 2014.

Information: The Lick Observatory carries out high profile programs discovering exploding starts in the nearby universe and planets orbiting other stars. Adaptive optics is now considered almost indispensable for imaging distant objects.

David Huamani Bedoya

Medical Operating, by David Martin Huamani Bedoya (Peru), Dos De Mayo Hospital, Lima, Peru, 30 January 2014.

Information: The handling of surgical tools requires the utmost sensitivity. Surgeons need to know how deep they have turned a screw into a bone and whether they have applied the correct force in a critical operation. LED-based optical feedback systems enable easier, safer, and more precise surgery.

Romado Javillonar

Light-based Technology, by Romado Javillonar (Philippines), Marikina City, Philippines, 22 June 2013.

Information: Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are popular for computer screens, televisions, and mobile phones. LCDs are not self-emissive, thus must be backlit. Using linearly polarized organic LEDs (OLEDs) as LCD backlights directly removes polarizers to avoid absorptive loss and improves the power efficiency of LCDs significantly.

Sandipan Mukherjee

What’s Cooking at Turtuk, by Sandipan Mukherjee (India), Nubra Valley, India, 18 January 2014.

Information: Solar cookers reflect the plentiful energy of sun.

Gabriele Orlini

The Good Light, by Gabriele Orlini (Italy), health center in the Ntita Village, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo, 5 June 2012.

Information: Light isn’t just for vision anymore. A growing body of evidence suggests that the effects of light on the body’s circadian rhythms, which are physiological cycles-based on patterns of light and dark-that repeat about every 24 hours, could have profound implications on human health and well-being.

Anze Osterman

Observing the Sky, by Anze Osterman (Slovenia), Soca Valley, Slovenia, 29 August 2014.

Information: Photographers need light to make an image. Astrophotography requires long exposures, a cable release, and a rigid tripod. To learn how to photograph comets, meteors, star trails, or the moon see Kodak’s astrophotography basics.

Vien Dong Phan

Afternoon on the River, by Viễn Đông Phan (Vietnam), Ca Ty River, Phan Thiet, Vietnam, 13 January 2013.

Information: The energy from the sun is relatively weak, and it disappears at night. Huge collection areas are required, and to be practical at the scale needed, the energy has to be stored. A solution is an ‘artificial photosynthesis’ approachbased on dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells, designed by researchers at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jose Ramos II

The Human Light Tower, by Jose Ramos II (Philippines), JalaJala, Rizal, Philippines, 24 May 2014.

Information: Solutions found in green photonics. Light-management techniques are making thin-film solar cells more efficient and less expensive. Better light emitters, phosphors, and lenses are making LEDs brighter and more efficient.

Daniela Rapavá

Jewels on the Window, by Daniela Rapavá (Slovakia), residence, Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia, 12 January 2013.

Information: The nature of light: what are photons? For centuries we have used the word ‘interference’ to describe the dark-bright bands recorded when we superpose two coherent light beams at a small angle on a detector.

Jiraporn Saenjae

The Reflection of Light in Life, by Jiraporn Saenjae (Thailand), Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, 21 September 2014.

Information: Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are popular for computer screens, televisions, and mobile phones. LCDs are not self-emissive, thus must be backlit. Using linearly polarized organic LEDs (OLEDs) as LCD backlights directly removes polarizers to avoid absorptive loss and improves the power efficiency of LCDs significantly.

Jadsada Saetiew

Milky Way in Life, by Jadsada Saetiew (Thailand), Phayao, Thailand, 16 June 2014.

Information: To learn how to photograph comets, meteors, star trails, or the moon see Kodak’s astrophotography basics.

Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon

Local Boys and Girls Studying with the Help of Hand-Held Torch and Lamps Where There Is No Electricity, by Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon (Bangladesh), night school in Satkhira, Bangladesh, 1 May 2013.

Information: Three billion people, more than 40% of the world’s population, use wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating, and 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity. SPIE is among numerous organizations endorsing the U.N. Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which works to ensure that all people across the globe have access to modern energy services.

Alexander Stepanenko

Bright Colors of the Aurora Borealis, by Alexander Stepanenko (Russia), Opasova Inlet, Barents Sea, Murmansk, Russia, 19-20 September 2014.

Information: Caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric-charged particles with the high altitude atmosphere, most auroras occur in a band known as the auroral zone.

Cory Stinson

Phaser Laser, by Cory Stinson (USA), San Diego State University, California, USA, August 2010.

Information: From healing the human eye to removing layers of pollution from century old marble statues, laser technology is helping researchers develop new ways to improve people’s lives.

Tunç Tezel

Rocky Planet of Night Lights, by Tunç Tezel (Turkey), Uludağ National Park, near Bursa, Turkey, 4 July 2013.

Information: To learn how to photograph comets, meteors, star trails, or the moon see Kodak’s astrophotography basics.

Nikki Sandino Victoriano

The Use of Solar Energy, by Nikki Sandino Maniacup Victoriano (Philippines), farm in Rizal, Philippines, 5 September 2012.

Information: A growing number of companies have provided the rural masses solar-powered Wi-Fi. See: Solar-powered Wi-Fi for the rural masses

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