(Note that from 2005 to 2007, the ILDA Awards for one year were presented at the next year's Conference. From 2009 onward, the ILDA Awards year is the same year as the Conference where they are presented. For more information on why there are no awards called "2008", click here.)
ILDA's awards for excellence -- the laser display industry's equivalent of Hollywood's Oscars --each year honor companies and individuals from around the world for their achievements:
• The Artistic Award categories cover virtually all aspects of modern laser displays, from the production of huge outdoor shows to the creation of individual laser graphics.
• The Fenning Award honors technological achievement that advances the industry.
• Volunteer awards recognize some of the many people who give of their time and resources throughout the year.
• 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.
For 2007, ILDA received 100 artistic entries from 21 different Member companies. These entries were judged March 17-18, 2008 at the judging host company, Laser Image B.V. (Hugo Bunk) in the Netherlands. Judging award coordinator was Peter Mayer of Creative Laser Productions.
For more details, see the 20-page booklet handed out at the Awards Presentation. This includes full credits for each winning piece, plus a description of the work.
Jeroen Jansen (Netherlands)
Marco Stumpel (Germany)
Ensar Turan (Turkey)
1st: "Chleocan", LOBO
2nd: "Standing in Motion", spectrabeam.de
3rd: "Mad Piano", Laserlight Showdesign
1st: "Happy Halloween", LOBO
2nd: "Spiderman", Laser Show Design
3rd: "An Outstanding Archeological Discovery", Orion Art Production
Hon. Mention: "Pumpin Up the Party", Strictly FX
1st: "Faeries", Strictly FX
2nd: "Where is the Line", Strictly FX
3rd: "Fire", Laser Show Design
Beams and Screen Show
1st: "Noaptea Alba", LOBO
2nd: "Lose Control", Laser Show Design
3rd: "WaterWorld", HB Laserkomponenten
1st: "Eternity", LOBO
2nd: "Baptised", HB Laserkomponenten
3rd: "Merging Oceans", Lightwave International
1st: "Fendi Graffiti 'Laser Tag' ", Laser Entertainment srl
1st: "Amaceon", LOBO
2nd: "Space Journey Part 2", HB Laserkomponenten
3rd: "TVC -- 10 Years", Orion Art Production
Live Stage Performance
1st: "Mysteria", LOBO
2nd: "Korn's 'Bitch, We Have A Problem' ", Lightwave International
3rd: "EnBW International Gymnastics Team", LOBO
Lasers Used In Video/Film
No award given
1st: "Reflection", Laserlight Magic
2nd: "Devil's Angel", Laser Entertainment srl
3rd: "Touched by the Light", Lightwave International
Richard Gonsalves (Canada)
Carlos Kelisek (Mexico)
Joachim Mueller (Germany)
1st: "Patented Remote Control Color Convergence Alignment Tool for RGB Laser Projectors", MediaLas, Germany
By using a wireless remote control with joystick, or an automated external sensor, the three laser beams (red, green and blue) inside an RGB laser projector can be shifted and aligned at any time, even during a running laser show.
The exponential function of the remote allows shifting colors within a tenth of a milliradian to assure the finest and most exact matching. On fixed installations and/or cruise ships, this technology can be automated by using an external optical sensor somewhere in the installation room, which links wirelessly to the projector unit.
Two patents have been filed on this device.
2nd: (not awarded)
3rd: "High End RGB Showlaser Projector Infinity", MediaLas, Germany
The Infinity is a state-of-the-art high-end full-color RGB showlaser projector with the latest laser- and micro-technology, full safety features, wireless remote control, LAN control, and power up to 10W balanced white. It uses both diode and DPSS lasers, modern electronics and noiseless air cooling. Housing components are milled from full aluminum blocks, including the internal heat exchanger and the massive rear connection plate.
The projector can be run through a network in real time, without delay through uploading frames or animations, simply by a mouse click. It is fully network compatible with Mamba and Phoenix software. The extra ILDA input also allows the use of standard software solutions, such as Pangolin or any other computer system which offers a differential ILDA connector.
There is a high-speed digital scan-fail safety with serial control for multiple safety windows, and a wireless RGB convergence alignment tool.
For hosting the ILDA Artistic Awards judging for a number of years
For continuing contributions to ILDA in the area of laser show safety
For coordinating the ILDA Artistic Awards judging for many years
Tom Harman, LaserNet
For hosting the 2008 ILDA Conference on the Carnival Imagination
Christine Jenkin, LaserNet
For her tireless and cheerful work producing the 2007 ILDA Laser Theater at the LDI Trade Show in Orlando and the 2008 ILDA Conference on the Carnival Imagination
From the nominating statement submitted to the CAA judges:
Bill Benner has revolutionized the laser show industry by creating technology that has made very advanced programming technology available to a mass, worldwide market at an affordable price.
Bill's Pangolin technology has become the standard of the industry -- a yardstick by which all other programming systems are judged. Not resting on his laurels, he has continuously introduced new innovations into his programming capabilities -- which have in turn given users more powerful tools to produce more sophisticated presentations and increase the viability of laser shows in the global marketplace.
Bill has also been one of ILDA's staunchest supporters -- contributing much in time and money. Bill's groundbreaking work as chairperson of the ILDA Technical Committee has been especially noteworthy in forwarding the use of new technology and establishing standards.
For his acceptance speech, see the listing for William R. Benner, Jr. on this page.
Judges: Daniel Cohn, Alberto Kellner, Jim Martin
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