ALD Awards for Excellence

There are three awards in 2020 and these are presented to current students (not just those on vocational theatre courses) and recent graduates (who graduated no earlier than 2018) 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

(sponosred by the Mousetrap Foundation & Vectorworks UK)

The first credited lighting designer in the UK was Michael Northen 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 £250 cash prize, a 1-year Vectorworks license alongside pairing with industry contacts to help answer your questions around the initial stages of your career.

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

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

 

 

The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics

This Award is dedicated to the late ETC CEO, Fred Foster.

The winner of this award will receive a £250 cash prize, a subscription to Moving Light Assistant, 1-year’s subscription to the Association’s PLI insurance and pairing with industry contacts to help answer your questions around the initial stages of your 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)

The winner of this award will receive a £500 prize, a £1,250 hire credit towards their first commercial venture*, and pairing with industry contacts to help answer your questions around the initial stages of your 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 in 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 26th May

Submissions MUST be received no later than Monday 31st August 2020.

 

Winners will be announced later in the year and there will be a ceremony to present the prizes 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 Hawthorn, White Light, Blue-I Media, AC-Entertainment, SLX Media 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 email

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!