(Note that there were no 2008 ILDA Awards. The previous awards were the 2007 Awards: entry deadline Dec. 2007, judged in spring 2008 and presented at the Sept. 2008 ILDA Conference on the Carnival Imagination. The 2009 Awards had an entry deadline in Jan. 2009, they were judged in May 2009 and were presented June 7 2009 in Amsterdam. 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.
• 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 2009, ILDA received 112 artistic entries from 19 different Member companies. These entries were judged May 24 2009 at the judging host company, Lighting Systems Design Inc. (Greg Makhov) in Orlando Florida. Judging coordinator was ILDA Executive Director Patrick Murphy.
For more details, download a PDF document with the Artistic Award winners. This includes a photo from each winning artwork, plus credits and a description of the work. We also have an expanded version with photos and descriptions of all Artistic Award entries received (e.g., both winners and non-winners).
Willie Castro, Willie Castro Animation (former art director at AVI)
Phyllis Monahan, LSDI, Orlando FL
Tony Zmorenski, Walt Disney World (former ILDA President)
Here are "backstage" photos taken by ILDA President Tim Walsh, at LSDI in Orlando, where the judging took place.
Judges Phyllis Monahan, Tony Zmorenski and Willie Castro discuss an entry, while judging coordinator Patrick Murphy observes.
Final judging of the Laser Photography category was done by sorting prints.
Judges saw laser entries live in the studio, while video entries were viewed on two 24" monitors (visible at left and right)
1st: "Hero", Laserlight Showdesign
2nd: "Paradise", HB-Laser
3rd: "Sanctus", LOBO
Hon. Mention: "Pirates", HB-Laser
Hon. Mention: "Excalibur", LOBO
1st: "Holding Out For a Hero", LOBO
2nd: "Little Bit of Life", Laser Show Design
3rd (tie): "Girlfriend", Laser Show Design
3rd (tie): "Spanish-style New Year", Orion-Art Multimedia
Hon. Mention: "Shut Up and Drive", Laser Show Design
1st: (Award withdrawn due to Ethics issues)
2nd (tie): "Jarre Abstract", Planetarium Hamburg
2nd (tie): "Microcosmic", Planetarium Hamburg
3rd: "Into the Night", Laser Show Design
Hon. Mention: (Award withdrawn due to Ethics issues)
Beams and Screen Show
1st: "Ride to Agadir", Planetarium Hamburg
2nd: "La Feria de Mexico 2008", Laser Spectacles*
3rd: "Speedboat", HB-Laser
Hon. Mention: "Lovestoned", Laser Show Design
*The 2nd Place title was erroneously listed as "La Feria de Mexico 2009" in ILDA Awards materials distributed from May to July 2009. In late July 2009, ILDA Awards materials and records were updated to show the correct year (2008).
1st: "Strings", HB-Laser
2nd: "Girl Talk", Lightwave International
3rd: "Black Box", LOBO
Hon. Mention: "Gagarin", Planetarium Hamburg
2nd: "Laser Fingers", LaserX
1st: "Bucharest New Years Show 2009", LOBO
2nd: "Orenburg 265 Years", Orion-Art Multimedia
3rd: "Mysteria - Multimedia Version", LOBO
Hon. Mention: "Sant'Agata", Laser Entertainment srl
Hon. Mention: "The Cosmic Wall", Planetarium Hamburg
Live Stage Performance
1st: "3D Laser Prism, 2008 Dark Side of the Moon World Tour", Lightwave International
2nd: "Ghostland Observatory", Lightwave International
3rd: "Rollercoaster Event", HB-Laser
Hon. Mention: "Metallica", Laser Design Productions
Hon. Mention: "Violina Dance and Lasershow", Orion-Art Multimedia
Lasers Used in Video/Film
2nd: "Sha", Laserlight Showdesign
1st: "Caution! Laser Radiation!", Lightwave International
2nd: (Award withdrawn due to Ethics issues)
3rd: "Supernova", spectrabeam.de
Hon. Mention: "Laser Eclipse", Lightwave International
Hon. Mention: "Laser Lady", Laser Entertainment srl
Hon. Mention: "Magician", LOBO
Daniel Cohn (USA)
Yousri El-Gazar (Egypt)
Rogier Tuinte (Netherlands)
1st: "LaserMatrix", Showtacle
LaserMatrix is a device for controlling more laser projectors. It makes laser show creation for more lasers easier. Programming LaserMatrix is similar to programming moving heads. It also allows integrating more ILDA laser sources and switching among them.
2nd: "IRIS ColorSafe", Eye-Magic
IRIS ColorSafe addresses two important issues in laser display. The first is the unstable and highly non-linear output of modern solid-state lasers. The second is audience scanning safety. The system adjusts the laser power inside the safety zone depending on beam velocity, point-by-point in real time.
3rd (tie): "3D Laser Projector 'Magnetic Beam'", Lightwave International and Arctos Lasertechnik
The magnetic beam projector uses a revolutionary new technique to create seemingly impossible non-linear volumetric 3D abstracts in mid-air. The designs not only vary in two axes as with traditional projectors, but the projector also has control over the placement of "light solids" along the Z-axis as well.
3rd (tie): "New Universal Control System with Safety and Linearization", HB-Laser
We developed this BUS board with five card slots, to provide a unique laser safety and linearization board for single-color systems and also for RGB systems. It has individual plug-in boards for each color channel.
Hon. Mention: "LASORB", Pangolin
LASORB is a device that protects laser diodes from ESD and power surges. LASORB can also improve the dynamic behavior of laser diode drivers. In essence, LASORB extends the lifetime of laser diodes by protecting them from optical and electrical overstress conditions.
President of Lighting Systems Design Inc., tireless proponent of the safe use of lasers. ILDA Safety Committee chair since its inception. A strong supporter of ILDA's work.
For his nominating statement and acceptance speech, see the listing for Greg Makhov on this page.
Judging: Voted by the ILDA Membership, via email ballots in May 2009.
Other ILDA websites: ILDAmember.com for membership database and event management (including joining ILDA), and LasershowSafety.info for safety information.
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