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Through sponsorship of the Photo-Electric 100 contest Spectrum sought to illuminate twin themes of the IEEE's 100th anniversary; the human richness of electrical engineering's past and the profound variety of its present. The contest was announced in the June 1983 issue of Spectrum. Its themes were represented by a pair of contest categories. One challenged contestants to capture some aspea of modem electrotechnology in their own photographs. The other covered historical photographs, whether or not taken by the entrant. Judges were professional photographers Steve Eisenberg (who created the cover for the June issue of Spectrum) and Michael Hirst, along vnth historians Robert Friedel and Joyce E. Bedi of the IEEE Center for the History of Electrical Engineering. In addition to those photographs selected by the judges for prkes and honorable mentions, five entries were recognized by Spectrum with an Editor's Special Award. The Grand Award winners received $1000 each. Second- and third-place winners received camera equipment contributed by Olympus Corp.