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The world’s best laser shows, at the yearly meeting of the world’s best laserists

Using new technologies and developing industry-wide standards

Our Members add impact to shows with the purest, most brilliant light in the universe

Proven experience as an ILDA Professional accredited company

ILDA helps keep shows safe and legal; free safety software for Members


Customers buy with confidence when backed by the Code of Ethics

The world’s best laser shows, at the yearly meeting of the world’s best laserists

Using new technologies and developing industry-wide standards


NEW! ILDA to offer six discounted Laser Safety Officer courses, April 10 - May 15

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ILDA is offering special, one-time discounted rates for our online Laser Safety Officer - Lasershows course, during April and May 2020. Normal rates are $525 for ILDA Members and $649 for non-members. These are the discounted rates:

  • Nonprofit, Individual, Hobbyist and Student Members (they pay up to $130 in dues annually): $394 for the Member. This is a 25% discount.
  • Corporate Level 3 Members (they pay $260 in dues annually): $330 per employee. This is a 37% discount.
  • Corporate Level 2 Members (they pay $520 in dues annually): $262 per employee. This is a 50% discount.
  • Corporate Level 1 Members (they pay $1040 in dues annually): $199 per employee. This is a 62% discount.
  • Non-members: $525. This is a 19% discount, and the same price as the normal (non-discounted) ILDA Member rate. For many non-members, it may be a better value to join ILDA and then sign up for the courses, than to pay the non-member rate of $525.

To give potential students maximum opportunities to take the course, there will be six discounted classes. All times shown below are Eastern Daylight (New York):

  • Friday, April 10, 8 pm - Saturday, April 11 4 am
  • Thursday, April 16, 2 am - 10 am
  • Tuesday, April 21, 10 am - 6 pm
  • Monday, April 27, 8 pm - Tuesday April 28 4 am
  • Saturday, May 9, 2 am - 10 am
  • Friday, May 15, 10 am - 6 pm

Classes are held online, with a live, in-person instructor, using Cisco Webex or Zoom. Each class has about 6 hours of instruction, plus 2 hours to take a test.

  • If the student passes the test, they get a Certificate of Completion as shown elsewhere on this page.
  • If a student does not pass, they can re-take the course and test again, for free anytime up to May 15 2021.

There is detailed information about the course material on the Laser safety courses webpage at this website; scroll down to the section "Laser Safety Officer (LSO) - Lasershows course."

To actually sign up and register, go to the Events page at our membership & event website.

NEW! ILDA to hold three bi-weekly online laser contests starting March 30.

ILDA is holding a contest called "ILDA Offline". It was created and sponsored by Richard Gonsalves (thank you!). The contest is for persons creating laser shows set to music chosen by Richard and ILDA.

There are three different categories: Beams, Graphics and Abstracts.

There are three rounds of the contest; one every two weeks starting March 30.

Entrants will have nine days to create laser shows set to the selected music, and to submit a video of the show. They can enter in one, two or all three categories.

The videos will be uploaded to ILDA's Vimeo channel so that anyone — ILDA Member or non-member — can view and vote for their favorite in each category.

The winner in each category will receive an ILDA Offline trophy, generously donated by Richard Gonsalves.

ILDA Members can enter for free. There is a $15 per entry fee for non-members.

Details of the contest schedule and rules are at the ILDA Offline contest page. Non-members can pay for their entry fees at the ILDA Store page.

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2020 ILDA Awards competition open. Deadline: May 31

It is now ILDA Awards entry season! Get your videos ready, and download the Awards rules and entry form.

There are three main categories of awards: Artistic, Technical and Career Achievement:

  • For the Artistic Awards, only ILDA Members may enter.
  • For the Technical Awards, anyone may enter the ILDA Digital Network Standards category; only ILDA Members may enter the General category.
  • For Career Achievement, only ILDA Members may make a CAA nomination; however, any person may be nominated (they do not have to be an ILDA Member).

Full details are on the Enter the 2020 ILDA Awards page.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, May 31, 2010. (Note that this deadline has been extended two months, from the past end-of-March deadline used in previous recent years.)


2019 ILDA Award winners announced

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The 2019 ILDA Awards booklet, a 68-page PDF document, has details of all the awards. A link is on the 2019 Awards page.

The 2019 ILDA Award winners were announced at a gala presentation November 10, 2019 — the finale of the ILDA Conference in Orlando.

Congratulations to all winners, and especially to the recipient of ILDA's highest honor, Alberto Kellner-Ongaro, the 2019 Career Achievement Award winner. A list of all the award winners are at the 2019 Awards page.

A PDF booklet containing all the 2019 ILDA Award winners is now online. It contains a list of all the winners along with a description of each winning entry.

Also, a compilation video is now at YouTube. It has short excerpts from each of the winners, giving a good overview of the best laser shows in the world. Click the image below to watch the video on this page.

If you can’t play the video: Because of copyright claims on some audio tracks, the video may not play on phones or other devices, or may not be available in your country. If you cannot play the above video, try a version with copyright-claimed audio removed. About six Award winners will have no audio.

The 31-minute 2019 ILDA Award winners compilation video includes work from the three top shows in each of these categories:

Corporate Show
Live TV Show
Edited Film / TV / Video
Laser Show with Added Effects/Multimedia
Nightclub / Disco / Music Festival Show
Live Stage Show
Multi-Effect Laser Show
Graphics Show
Abstract Show
Beams/Atmospherics Show for a Single X-Y Scanner Pair
Beams/Atmospherics Show with Outboard Effects
Beams/Atmospherics Show for Multiple Scanner Projectors
Innovative and Fine Art Laser Applications
Laser Photography
Fenning Award for Technical Achievement
Fenning ILDA Digital Network Standards Technical Achievement Award

2015-2018 ILDA Award videos

We also have the 2015 through 2018 ILDA Award compilation videos. Each one is about 20-25 minutes long, and has the best shows from those years.

2015 ILDA Awards compilation

2016 ILDA Awards compilation

If you want to see each 2016 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the
ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2016 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.

2017 ILDA Awards compilation

If you want to see each 2017 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the
ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2017 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.

2018 ILDA Awards compilation

If you want to see each 2018 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the
ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2018 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.


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Photo credits: Large slideshow pictures, in order — “Rainbow” by ILDA; “X-Factor" by ER Productions, "Axwell Ingrosso Summerburst" by Laserimage AB, "Mukor Rules" by Christopher Short, "Transformations" by Visual Sensation Lasershow & Technologies, "Lasing Nang Talung Interactive" by Illuminatus Lasers, "FOL 2019" by Prolight, "Laser Light Synths" by Seb Lee-Delisle, "Orange Depth" by Lasershow-Creation. Green beams above column 1 (The universe’s most unique light) — “Scooter” by Lightline Lasertechnik.