BELLINGHAM, WA and PITTSFIELD, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2015) - Entries are being accepted through 9 October for the prestigious 2016 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation. The international competition honors new technology and product inventions from the multi-billion dollar optics and photonics industry, and is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media.

"It is inspiring to see so much insightful research applied not only to the increase of human knowledge, but in the form of new products and processes that save lives, secure our communities, enrich communication across the planet, drive sustainable lighting and energy sources, and enhance education around the world," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "Our Prism Awards honor the companies and individuals who bring the best of these new products to market."

To be eligible, products must be sold, delivered or launched between 1 January 2015 and 1 February 2016. Companies may enter one product per category. However companies may apply with multiple products. Categories are:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Alternative Lighting
  • Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Detectors and Sensors
  • Displays
  • Imaging and Cameras
  • Industrial Lasers
  • Materials and Coatings
  • Optics and Optical Components
  • Optical Communications
  • Other Metrology Instrumentation
  • Scientific Lasers.

Finalists will be announced in November. Winners will be announced 17 February 2016 at a gala banquet held during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco, California.

The competition is judged by an independent panel of industry experts representing top companies, leaders in academia, business developers, previous award winners, financial experts, and other photonics industry leaders.

Past Prism Awards winners have won recent recognition. Among them:

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE 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.

Photonics Media, a brand of Pittsfield, Mass.-based Laurin Publishing Co. Inc., publishes Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics, EuroPhotonics, Photonics Buyers' Guide and With a collective subscriber base of more than 150,000 worldwide and more than 4 million unique website visits per year, Laurin Publishing's Photonics Media products and publications lead the photonics industry with editorial excellence and integrity -- fostering a tradition of innovation and progress by sharing knowledge, insights and visions for the future. More information at

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