Nominations for this year's Photonics100 are now open!

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Send in your nominations across our four distinct categories using the link below!

Send in your nominations across our four distinct categories using the link below!

The Photonics100 is back for its second edition! This autumn, our sister site, Electro Optics will publish a list of the top 100 photonics research champions who have each made an exceptional impact in their field over the past 12 months. 

Last year, we asked you to help us create a list of the people who drive our industry forward.

We wanted to hear about the experts on the cutting edge of industry; the innovators, the R&D ‘rockstars’, and the unsung heroes. We were astounded by the results. 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:

and fill out the short nomination form, 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 to represent the optical communications community 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. In an effort to 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 (OEMs) using photonics – integrators using photonics as an enabling technology in optical communications, as well as other vertical markets such as life sciences, defence, automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, electronics, and semiconductors.

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 for several months.

What happens after nominations?

Once the submissions window closes, an internal judging panel, led by our head of content Mark Elliott, 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


Julie Sheridan Eng, Chief Technology Officer at Coherent

06 June 2023

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