ALPD Awards 2022

With a gap in the ALPD Student Awards in 2020 behind us, we’re gearing up for a fresh round of Awards for Excellence for 2022.

In 2021 the Association of Lighting Designers changed its name to the Association for Lighting Production and Design to better reflect the larger lighting community that we represent. As a development of this the ALPD Awards for Excellence will this year include a Programmers Award.

The ALPD will again be awarding in three categories; Lighting Design, Production Electrics and Programming, with each of the fantastic prize bundles being tailored to the specific needs of that speciality.

The ALPD Awards for Excellence – 2022!

This year, there are 3 awards being presented as part of the “ALD Awards for Excellence” 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 2020) even if they are not currently a member, who have demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting designs, detailed production documents or thorough programming files. The three awards are as follows:

The Michael Northen Award
This award is sponsored by the Mousetrap Foundation.

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 winner of this award will receive a £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad™ Package, a Vectorworks licence for 12 months  and a 6-month mentoring scheme with an  industry professional to run alongside the initial stage of their career. The winner will also receive a copy of Michael’s book – “Northen Lights”.

Download information for the Michael Northen Award here.

The Fred Foster Production Electrician Award
This Award is sponsored by ETC and dedicated to the late ETC CEO, Fred Foster.

The winner of this award will receive a £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad™ package, a 1 year subscription to the Association’s PLI insurance and a 6-month mentoring scheme with an  industry professional to run alongside the initial stage of their career.

Download information for the Fred Foster Award here.

The WYSIWYG Programmers Award
This award is sponsored by WYSIWYG.

The winner of this award will receive a £500 voucher prize, a 12 month wysiwyg Perform lease, worth $2199 USD, and a 512 ETCnomad™ and a 6-month mentoring scheme with an  industry professional to run alongside the initial stage of their career

Download information for the WYSIWYG Programmes Award here.

All winners will be invited to the annual “Lighting Lunch” – a Christmas dinner for lighting and production professionals within the live entertainment sector, where they will be presented with their awards.

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 and PRG XL Video.

By taking part in this year’s awards, you are bringing you and your work to the attention of experienced lighting practitioners, as well as other industry professionals who are all 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 ALPD’s bi-monthly journal; “FOCUS”.

Entries will open on 1st June and all submissions MUST be received by midnight on the closing date – Monday 31st October.

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@thealpd.org.uk email address.

There are also the “Student ALPD” and “ALPD” Facebook groups which are filled with both young and long-established professionals 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 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.

Please note that by submitting to the competition, you accept that all relevant personal and contact information may be made accessible to the organisers, The Association for Lighting Production and Design executive and where applicable, the judging panel. This extends to all future press releases and media produced in response to The Association for Lighting Production and Design Awards 2022.