The ALD is involved in a number of Awards to recognise the art and contribution of Lighting designers in various forms of Live Performance, and to assist with its aims to further the art and appreciation of creative lighting design and raise the professional status of lighting design as part of the creative process.
The Michael Northen Bursary is awarded annually to a student or recent graduate who has studied in the UK and demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative Lighting Design.
It is organised by the Association of Lighting Designers - a professional body representing lighting designers in the live performance industry
Michael Northen was the first credited Lighting Designer in the UK and his work on The Mousetrap can still be seen in the West End today.
The Michael Northen Bursary competition is open to all students (not just those on vocational theatre courses) and to those who have recently graduated in 2014 or 2015.
Recognition through this award will give you real help as you start your professional career! See the list of previous winners.
Lightmongers Award for Entertainment Lighting an annual award for those who are based in the UK, at the start of their career and has been set up as part of the support for education and training in the field of entertainment lighting, in conjunction with The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers
The Lightmongers is one of the modern Livery companies within the City of London. Being a modern company has all of its members involved in the lighting industry through engineering / manufacture, design, architecture, electrical installation and distribution. The two of the main objectives are to foster the art and science of lighting and to encourage invention and imagination in the use of light through annual awards. The Lightmongers are pleased to have worked with the ALD in creating an award which will recognise the work of new designers in the field of live performance entertainment lighting.
The Knights of Illumination provide public recognition for the outstanding achievements of experts in Lighting Design, Video and Graphic Display and Projection Design who are working for UK productions across a range of professional areas.
Whilst applauding the accomplishments of such men and women, the KOI Awards simultaneously forge a closer bond between the field of lighting design and the lighting industry as a whole.
The STLD and the ALD, which devote attention and care to the lighting industry and its designers, regard the lighting designer as a “Knight of Illumination”; a skilled and honourable defender of integrity and professionalism in the lighting world. These “Knights” protect such values with their lighting “sword” in hand - an analogy to the lighting instrument bestowed upon them by the industry.
There are three categories of membership which are conferred at the discretion of the Executive Committee:
Fellowship is conferred on a member in recognition of their contribution to the art of lighting design in the live performance disciplines across their career.
Recognises people outside the Association for their contribution to the business of lighting.
Recognises the contribution members have made to the running of the Association.