Michael Northen Awards

In 2018, there are 4 awards being presented as part of the “Michael Northen Award” scheme. These awards are presented to current students (not just those on vocational theatre courses), Affiliate members of the Association, 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. The four awards are as follows:


The Michael Northen Award

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 winning lighting designer will be presented with a cheque for £500 and a copy of Michael’s book, “Northen Lights”.


The ETC Award

Electronic Theatre Controls are specialists in Lighting solutions, control equipment for Theatre, Film & TV studios, Architectural spaces and entertainment industries. ETC is kindly sponsoring the £350 award for excellence in lighting design.


The Francis Reid Award

Described as “a theatremaker who did lighting, rather than a lighting man who did theatre”, Francis Reid was a founding member of the Association, playing a key role in establishing the practice of stage lighting design and the role of the lighting designer in the UK. The lighting designer who receives this prize will be presented with a cheque for £250.


Excellence in Video Design

In addition to the above award for lighting design, this award will be presented to a video designer working in live performance who will receive £250.


By taking part in this year’s awards for Lighting and Video Design, you are bringing you and your work to the attention of experienced lighting and video designers, as well as other industry professionals who are on the judging panel. By winning one of these awards, your work will be publicly showcased through a series of press releases within industry media outlets including the ALD’s bi-monthly journal; FOCUS.


Entries open on Monday 6th August

Submissions MUST be received no later than Wednesday 31st October 2018.


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


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 mnb@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!