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Nominations now open for 2025's The Photonics100

The Photonics100 2025

You have until the end of July 2024 to get your nominations in for the 2025 list, due to be revealed at the end of this year

The Photonics100 returns for a third time and nominations are now open. Electro Optics will be publishing a list of the top 100 photonics research champions later this year. Each will have made an exceptional impact in their field over the past 12 months. 

In 2022 and 2023, we asked you to help us create a list of the people who drive our industry forward. Your involvement created a prestige project that is building huge momentum, with exciting plans for the launch due to be revealed later in the summer.

We wanted to celebrate the experts at the cutting edge of industry; the innovators, the R&D ‘rockstars’, and, yes, the unsung heroes. We were astounded by the result that request generated. So many people came together, both in person and online, to share their stories about the experts making the biggest waves in the world of photonics. 

How can you nominate for The Photonics100?

It couldn’t be easier. Click this button:

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and fill out the short nomination form before the end of July 2024, outlining who you would like to put forward and why.

The search is on again this year for 100 new champions – the chief technical officers, the heads of research and development, the senior engineers, research leaders, entrepreneurs and others who have helped shape the industry over the past 12 months and that will help drive it forward for years to come. 

We need your help to tell their stories. Who among your colleagues or customers deserves recognition as a driving force in the development and adoption of photonic technologies? 

While our industry certainly could not function without other specialisations – the marketers, the salespeople and senior executives who drive businesses forward – The Photonics100 is designed to celebrate those working actively on the scientific innovation side of the business.

It is also intended to shine a light on the latest developments, whether in photonics processes, product development or pure research. So we can consider as many new entrants as possible, our advice would be to focus on people who have made advances in the preceding 12 months or so.

Nominations have been grouped into four distinct categories:

Photonics vendors – suppliers and integrators of photonics components and systems, such as optics, lasers, sensors, test and measurement, optoelectronics, illumination and imaging.

Original Equipment Manufacturers using photonics – integrators using photonics as an enabling technology in vertical markets such as life sciences, defence, automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, electronics, semiconductors and optical communications.

Start-ups – companies under five years old, operating as either a photonics vendor or an OEM (as defined above).

Academia/research – either those involved in photonics research itself or those using photonic technology to further research in a non-photonics field, such as physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, engineering and more.

Can I nominate customers or clients of mine?

Absolutely, as long as they satisfy the other criteria, all are welcome.

Can I nominate more than one person?

Yes, but you must complete a separate nomination form.

When should I nominate?

Nominations for The Photonics100 have opened and will remain so until the end of July 2024.

What happens after nominations?

Once the submissions window closes, an internal judging panel will review the entries and draw up a shortlist of nominees. We will then contact those nominees directly for further information. If you have any questions about the process, please contact


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