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Applications Open for the 2024 Prism Awards

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BELLINGHAM, Wash., Aug. 1, 2023 — Applications are open for the 2024 SPIE Prism Awards, which will celebrate its 16th anniversary on Jan. 31 during a gala evening at SPIE Photonics West. The awards, held annually by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, recognize and honor the most innovative products on the market across the wide range of optics and photonics applications.

Applications are open through Sept. 15. Photonics Media is the media sponsor for the event.

For 2024, in addition to the regular slate of awards in areas ranging from health care and sensing, to lasers and quantum, SPIE is introducing the SPIE Catalyst Award. This new recognition honors for-profit companies with specific social or environmentally focused programs that have had significant positive impact, either within their workplace, on society at large, or on the environment.

“The SPIE Prism Awards always offer an exciting showcase of the most innovative photonics technologies on the market,” said SPIE CEO Kent Rochford. “Getting a product to market is the culmination of a significant amount of work, and well worth celebrating. I encourage all companies with a new photonic product to submit an application highlighting your team’s accomplishments. And this year, I’m also looking forward to introducing our new Catalyst Award, a recognition that honors companies working to make a difference in their communities beyond their products, through targeted outreach and programs aimed at sustainability, EDI, or STEM.”

Applications are open for the 2024 SPIE Prism Awards. The awards recognize and honor the most innovative photonics products on the market. Courtesy of SPIE.
Applications are open for the 2024 SPIE Prism Awards. The awards recognize and honor the most innovative photonics products on the market. Courtesy of SPIE. 
Last year’s Prism Award winners — across categories that encompassed areas such as AR/VR/MR, lasers, imaging, biomedicine, sensors, and quantum technologies — were TriLite Technologies, Philophos, Metalenz, Kyocera SLD Laser, QuiX Quantum, Ocean Insight, Dotphoton, and Precitec Optronik. Winners from previous years have included newly emerging companies or startups such as Double Helix Optics, PhotoniCare, Luminar, Blackmore, and WaveOptics, as well as more established industry giants like General Electric, IPG Photonics, Edmund Optics, and Leica.

For more information, qualification requirements, and to participate in the Prism Awards, visit the Prism Award website (
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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
Smallest amount into which the energy of a wave can be divided. The quantum is proportional to the frequency of the wave. See photon.
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