ALD Awards for Excellence

For 2019, we have rebranded our Awards to more accurately reflect our membership and the objectives of the ALD.

There are three awards and these are presented to current students (not just those on vocational theatre courses) and recent graduates (who graduated no earlier than 2017) even if they are not currently a member, and who have demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting and/or video designs.

This year you can also register to receive updates, reminders and tips and tricks about creating your submission via the Awards' specific mailing list.  You can sign up to these via this link

 

The Michael Northen Award for Excellence in Lighting Design

(in association with the Mousetrap Foundation)

The first credited lighting designer in the UK was Michael northern for his design of “The Mousetrap” which can still be seen in the West End today.

This award is presented in his honour and the winning lighting designer will receive a £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad™ Package,  and a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals to run alongside the initial stage of their career.

The winner will also receive a copy of Michael’s book – “Northen Lights”. 

One runner-up will receive a cash prize of £500 sponsored by the ALD.

Full details and how to compile your submission can be found by downloading this document.

 

The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics

(sponsored by ETC)

This Award is sponsored by ETC and dedicated to their late founder and CEO, Fred Foster.

The winner of this award will receive a £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad™ package,  a one-year subscription to the ALD’s PLI insurance and a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals to run alongside the initial stage of their career.

Full details and how to compile your submission can be found by downloading this document.

 

The Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Excellence in Video Design

(sponsored by Blue-i Theatre Technology)

Sponsored by Blue-I Theatre Technology, the winner of this award will receive a £500 prize, a £1,250 hire credit towards their first commercial venture*, and a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals to run alongside the initial stage of their career. 

Full details and how to compile your submission can be found by downloading this document.

 

By taking part in this year’s ALD Awards for Excellence, you are bringing yourself and your work to the attention of experienced professionals on the judging panel. The act of winning will see your work publicly showcased through a series of press releases within industry media outlets including the ALD’s bi-monthly journal; FOCUS!

However, the taking part is just as important. Invaluable feedback on your portfolio will see you creating a more professional impression to stand you good stead of not only winning in future years but gaining the best work available through the most insightful presentation of your work and abilities.

 

Entries open on Tuesday 20th August

Submissions MUST be received no later than Thursday 31st October 2019.

 

A panel of esteemed judges will deliberate over the submissions before concluding and deciding on the deserving winners. The successful applicants will be presented with their awards at the annual “Lighting Lunch” – a Christmas dinner for lighting and video professionals working within the live entertainment sector. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with designers, chief and production electricians, engineers, programmers and of course suppliers such as White Light, ETC, SLX Media, AC Entertainment Technologies and PRG XL Video. 

 

If you have any further questions or require any help and/or advice creating your digital portfolio, please don’t hesitate to get in contact via the awards@ald.org.uk email address. ?

There is also both the Student ALD and Association of Lighting Designers Facebook pages which are filled with professionals and possibly further competitors who will all be able to help with ideas and/or suggestions for your entry.

It is imperative that all submissions strictly conform to the regulations set out in the document above. The judging panel aim to provide feedback on all submissions where possible with a view for unsuccessful applicants to develop your portfolios for future professional use, as well as re-submitting the following year.

 

Good Luck!