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The ILDA Awards are the laser display industry's equivalent of Hollywood's Oscars. Each year, they honor companies and individuals from around the world for their achievements. These awards were bestowed at the 2017 ILDA Conference:
• The Artistic Awards cover virtually all aspects of modern laser displays, from the creation of individual laser graphics to the production of huge outdoor shows.
• The Technical Awards, named for pioneering laserist Fred Fenning, honor technological achievements that advance the industry.
• The Career Achievement Award is ILDA's highest honor, given for work spanning many years in the area of show quality, innovation, and industry service.
Booklet with details
For more details on the winners, download the 2017 ILDA Awards booklet (PDF format). The booklet lists all winners, plus credits and a description of the work.
(Note: The version online is updated from the printed version and the PDF on USB drives, both of which were distributed 8 November 2017 at the ILDA Awards Presentation. The version online includes winners whose names were not known in advance of printing, and has a few corrections.)
If you want to get a quick overview of all of the winners, below is a video compilation of the 2017 Award winners. This 25-minute video contains short excerpts from each Award-winning entry.
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In late November or early December we will update this page so it contains a listing of all the winners. Until then, please download the PDF booklet linked above.
All video winners can be seen on YouTube. For first place winners, click on the picture to play the YouTube video. For second and third place winners, click on the show name link to play the YouTube video in a new window.
1st: “Penguins Stanley Cup Final”, Lightwave International (video above)
2nd: “Decodom”, KVANT
3rd: “VW Tiguan”, KVANT
1st: “Football Player of the Year 2015”, KVANT (video above)
2nd: “X-Factor - Final Wembley Arena”, ER Productions
3rd: “America’s Got Talent”, ER Productions
1st: “Zayn - Like I Would”, ER Productions (video above)
2nd: “ ‘Ignite the Night’ Website Promo”, Laser Show Design
3rd: “OneRepublic - Bose”, ER Productions
1st: “84th IFA Annual Conference”, Orion-Art Multimedia (video above)
2nd: “Special Operations Forces”, Orion-Art Multimedia
3rd: “Circle of Light”, DreamLaser
1st: “My Sharona”, Copernicus Science Center (video above)
1st: “Medusa Sunbeach 2016”, KVANT (video above)
2nd: “Bal en Blanc”, LaserTech Canada
3rd: “Snowbombing Festival - Myherhofen 2016”, ER Productions
1st: “Tree Lighting Ceremony”, Laser Production Network (LaserNet) (video above)
2nd: “ProLight and Sound 2016”, KVANT
3rd: “Pretty Lights - New Year’s Eve”, Lightwave International
1st: “Heavy Metal Laser Girl”, Laser Production Network (LaserNet) (video above)
2nd: VUB Laserart - White Night”, KVANT
3rd: “X Access #2”, Illuminatus Lasers
1st: “Rhapsody”, Maxim Ishchik (video above)
2nd: “Divaldi Mapping”, Mediam
3rd: “Lancet Pharm Company”, Orion-Art Multimedia
1st: “The Anniversary of Vacano Brewery”, Orion-Art Multimedia (video above)
2nd: “Shut Up and Dance”, Laser Show Design
3rd: “The Magic Land”, Orion-Art Multimedia
1st: “Royksopp Skulls”, Jason Salt (video above)
2nd: “The River”, Christopher Short
3rd: “Istanbul”, Christopher Short
Judges did not award any winners in the Innovative Application category for 2017.
1st: “J.A.B.S.”, LOBO (video above)
2nd: “San Andreas”, VisuTek e.U.
3rd: “Seven Lions”, Igor Vlasenko
1st: “Vanquish”, VisuTek e.U.
2nd: “Getshow - China”, KVANT
3rd: “The Mamba”, LOBO
Winners selected by ILDA Members viewing photos online and voting via email
1st: “Diamond”, LaserTech Canada
Photo by Derek Garbos; 4U2C in collaboration with Brigitte Henry for the show “Classic Cher”
2nd: “Trinity”, LOBO
Laser artist and photography: Udo Gauss
3rd: “Circle”, KVANT
Performed live, and judged by attendees, at the ILDA Conference's Lase-Off, 7 November 7 2017 in Bratislava
1st: Derek Garbos, LaserTech Canada
2nd: Love Karlssen, Laserimage AB
3rd: Mario Tomazetich, MT-Electronic
All three tech winners can be seen on YouTube. For the first place winner, click on the picture to play the YouTube video. For the second and third place winners, click on the entry name link to play the YouTube video in a new window.
1st: “ScAn - Scanning Laser Effects Analyzer”, James Stewart
scAn is a software based tool used to analyse and provide exposure data for complex scanning laser effects. Laser effects data is collected from either a standard ILDA (ILD) file, or in real-time from Pangolin’s Beyond laser control software, or an ILDA Digital Network (IDN) stream. The user enters the laser characteristics and viewing distance, that the software then considers along with the effects data to provide a detailed representation of the exposure created by the laser system, and the relationship with the maximum permissible exposure (MPE).
2nd: “ArtNET Guru”, Showtacle
ArtNET Guru allows you to play your laser shows using your phone. You can even play it synchronized to your music from your iTunes library. Generally, once you create the laser show in “big” creation software, you just have to export it to SD card and bring only your mobile phone and laser to the venue to be able to play the show. ArtNET Guru allows you to change settings like position, size, rotation or brightness for every laser show from your SD card separately. You can also read preview images for the content from the SD card, so the preview images will always be actual. One of our clients also uses it for live laser shows. He brings his iPad and once the laser setup is complete, he gives his iPad to his client and lets the client do his own laser shows. The client loves it!
3rd: "Laser Scanners: Technologies and Applications" Textbook, Pangolin Laser Systems
“Laser Scanners: Technologies and Applications" is a 320-page textbook by William R. Benner, Jr. that describes acousto-optic, electro-optic, polygonal, resonant, and galvanometer laser scanners. It describes the benefits, drawbacks, and details of each type of laser scanner.The book was written from a high-level perspective – helping the reader understand these laser scanners well enough to specify them when creating new products, or perhaps troubleshoot existing products.
1st: “A prototype for recording and replaying IDN (ILDA Digital Network) streams”, University of Bonn, Institute of Computer Science 4 (Laser and Light Lab)
In early 2016 we started to implement a prototype to evaluate the feasibility of receiving, storing and replaying IDN streams containing media data of laser shows (laser samples and audio).
The toolset makes use of existing network tools like tcpdump (for capturing packets in a local network) and tcpreplay for replaying the packet captures. Additionally, filtering before storing the packet stream and IP-/MAC-address remapping is necessary before replaying the laser show.
The IDN recording concept was introduced in a presentation at the Advanced Technology Workshop at the 2016 ILDA Conference in Baltimore and was used for IDN recording both at the Lase-Off and the Awards evenings in Baltimore.
Furthermore, the concept of IDN recording and replaying was presented and practically demonstrated at a scientific conference in Göttingen, in March 2017.
2nd: “Wireshark Plugin to analyze IDN stream packets”, University of Bonn, Institute of Computer Science 4 (Laser and Light Lab)
The IDN plug-in extends the well-known free and open source network packet analyzer Wireshark to be able to display detailed information on the content of data packets according to the IDN (ILDA Digital Network) stream specification.
Alexander Hennig is well-known within the laser industry for helping build LOBO to a preeminent leader in laser and multimedia, and for his record-breaking number of awards. And he is well-known within ILDA for his long and influential service to help improve the association.
Alex began by studying computer- related animation and media. In 1992 he began his long association with LOBO, as an intern. Alex said “I was fascinated by this magical light from day one. At the same time it is something immaterial but looks like being a physical object you can touch.“
In 1994 as a LOBO freelance artist he created a multimedia show for the 1250th anniversary of the city of Fulda, Germany. This won LOBO their first ILDA Award. And winning the award was one reason he was asked to become LOBO’s creative director — a position he held for 23 years.
Under Alex’s leadership, LOBO received a record-breaking 162 ILDA Awards. No other company has come close to this, making Alex one of the most influential laser artists in our industry.
One reason for this success is that Alex was careful to have a varied style both in his own works and in those of others that he supervised. This meant there was not a typical or repetitive “LOBO look” — their work was always fresh.
Alex has represented LOBO at trade shows, and within ILDA where he has been very active.
Alex attended 16 ILDA Conferences since 1997. He worked on the Awards Committee, and served on the ILDA Board of Directors from September 2010 until November 2016. During his three terms he especially championed international members, smaller companies, direct voting for awards and Board members, and the ILDA New Talent award.
Alex and LOBO significantly supported ILDA by co-hosting the 2000 ILDA Conference in Stuttgart, and again in 2013 by hosting both the ILDA and the Laserfreak conferences in Aalen. The 2013 event is thus far the most heavily-attended ILDA Conference ever.
In 2016 he left LOBO after a quarter-century to work as creative director for a non-laser company, Zweiplan, in Munich.
This is an appropriate time therefore to honor Alexander Hennig for his laser career achievements as the all-time ILDA Award winner, and as a strong supporter of the International Laser Display Association.
Voted by the ILDA Membership, via email ballots
Above: Dr. Alexander Timofeyev accepts the Career Achievement Award. Photo by Mike Gould.
Below is the speech given by Dr. Timofeyev at the ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation, November 8 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dear colleagues, partners and friends!
It is a great honor for me to receive this award. I consider it not only as a recognition of my personal achievements in the laser show industry, but more so as a recognition of the professionalism of Russian companies and Russian designers.
I began the membership in ILDA since 1998, as the founder and producer of Laser Show Systems Company. However, we did not submit our works to the ILDA Awards until 2004. To get to where we are today, we learned from our more experienced and renowned colleagues, and we searched for our own excellence in the art of laser graphics and animations. Once we found it, we raised a number of talented artists, designers, and creators of interesting works. With our company, Orion-Art, we received already 47 awards in the artistic categories, 28 of which are first or second place. To me, this is a recognition of the success of the Russian laser design school.
In the end of the 1990s, it became clear to me in what direction it was necessary to improve the laser show industry in Russia. Consequently, this new stage of modern laser show we opened in Russia, according to latest technologies used worldwide.
In subsequent years, we actively developed this direction, and nearly all new laser show companies in Russia followed in our steps using these new technologies.
Since 2003 we were the first company in Russia that was engaged in production of multimedia shows using water equipment, video, and special effects. These works have also received many ILDA awards.
An important step for us was the hosting of the ILDA Conference in Moscow in 2011, which was recognized as one of the most successful and interesting conferences in the history of ILDA.
I would like to thank the members of ILDA, who made their choice in favor of me to receive this prestigious CA Award. A big thanks to my colleagues working in the company, Orion-Art Multimedia, as well as to my partners in Russia and other countries for their assistance and support in the implementation of many major projects.
I would also like to thank my wife, Masha, for the love and encouragement that she has always given me. She supported me all the way in the world of the laser show industry.
Once again, I am extremely grateful and honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award. Thank you.
In 2017, ILDA received 181 artistic and technical entries from 37 different Member companies.
• Most of the artistic entries were judged 3-4 June 2017 in Germany by a three-member panel that met for two days of review and voting. In addition, there was an earlier, separate round of judging which was a test that did not affect the results.
• Laser Photography and Career Achievement Award entries were judged by ILDA Members voting online, 29 May - 12 June 2017.
• Fenning technical entries were judged via online discussion of a three-member panel that reached its decision 25 July 2017.
• Laser Jockey entries were viewed and judged by attendees at the Lase-Off during the ILDA Conference in Bratislava on 7 November 2017.
The 2017 Artistic judges rated each entry according to four factors: technical competency, artistic competency, quality and variety of effects, and music sync. These were used by the judges in making their final choice of winners.
Below is some information about the entries' scores. This may be of interest to persons who submitted in 2017, as well as those submitting for future Awards:
• The Judges' Rating Spreadsheet lists all of the Artistic Award entries, and the ratings they received from the judges. (For this public version, the show names and entrant names have been removed.) The most important column is "AVG. SCORE". This has been color coded, so that green means an entry received an above-average rating, yellow indicates an average rating, and orange & red indicate below-average ratings. The Average Score is used to help determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. (Some entries were disqualified due to safety concerns, which would then move up non-disqualified entries.)
Members who entered the 2017 Awards were emailed their row numbers and entry names. They can match this with the row numbers in the anonymous Judges Rating Spreadsheet, so the Member will know how his or her entries did, relative to others in the same category.
• The Test Results Round 1-2 Judging Spreadsheet shows the results of a trial to see if judging could be sped up.
The idea was to use the previous year’s judges to briefly preview all entries. Each of the three first round judges decided whether they thought an entry was good enough to be in the top five or so entries in a category, or whether an entry was so poor it would not make it in the top five. This was a Yes/No decision for each first round judge. Then, only entries with all three first round judges agreeing “Yes” would be sent to this year’s main judges, for their detailed discussion and placement.
For 2017, this was intended to be a test. However, the first round judges were not told of this in advance. It was felt that if they knew it was a test they might not take their task as seriously. The first round judges thought this was the new system being used in 2017.
But instead, all entries were sent to the second round (main) judges just like in previous years. This way, we could see whether the two sets of judges agreed on which shows scored poorly.
As the spreadsheet data indicates, the test was not a success.
There were two cases where all three first round judges voted that an entry should not go to the second round — yet that entry was voted in the top five by the second round (main) judges. One of these even won a Third Place ILDA Award.
The spreadsheet’s second-to-last column also shows 16 cases where two out of the three first round judges voted that an entry should not go to the second round — yet that entry was voted in the top five by the second round main judges. Six of these even won a First, Second or Third Place ILDA Award.
ILDA requires its Members to perform safe and legal laser shows, and to acknowledge basic principles of laser show safety.
Beginning with the 2014 Awards, all entrants submitting videos have explicitly certified that their laser effects depicted met safety standards, as well as all applicable laser safety laws and regulations (including laws for audience scanning) in the location where the show was performed.
• Entries filmed in a studio, with no audience, can use any power and can scan anywhere, even if the original show was intended for an audience.
• However, if the video depicts an audience watching the laser show, or has lasers near performers, then the show must be safe for the audience and performers, and must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Documentation must be provided to ILDA about the show’s irradiance at the point of closest audience access, and any other safety measures that were implemented.
• The above documentation is also required if an entry depicts beams in an area where an audience might be, such as an empty tradeshow floor or an empty auditorium. This is because a video of unsafe beams in an audience area gives an impression that the same show would be run with an audience present.
Since 2014, ILDA has reviewed every entry for any potential safety issues.
ILDA has the right to remove or disqualify an entry if, in our sole opinion, 1) the show violates or appears to violate safety standards, laws and/or regulations, and/or 2) the show does not have sufficient documentation of safety and legal compliance.
Note that despite ILDA’s review process, ILDA cannot absolutely certify that an Awards entry is safe and legal. This is ultimately the responsibility of the entrant.
IMPORTANT: If you have a laser or a laser projector, do NOT attempt to perform the type of audience-scanning effects seen in ILDA Award-winning videos 1) without qualified expert safety planning and supervision and 2) without prior written permission from appropriate authorities. These authorities may include federal, state and local laser safety regulators, venue operators, and insurance companies.
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