Glorious Light by LOBO
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 2012 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.
• Outstanding Service Recognition for companies and individuals who have provided exceptional service to ILDA.
• 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.
2012 entries and judging
For 2012, ILDA received 146 artistic entries from 22 different Member companies. These artistic entries were judged July 27-28 2012 in San Antonio, with Greg Sutherland organizing the judging and Tim Walsh of Laser Spectacles hosting.
New Laser Jockey category
The Laser Jockey competition was new for 2012. This was held during the Nov. 5 Lase-Off at the ILDA Conference. There were six entrants; each person performed to live music of their choice for two minutes, then for another two minutes to music picked by ILDA. Persons attending the Lase-Off rated each performance from 1 to 10. The ratings were added up, and the top three performers received First, Second and Third Place.
Booklet with details
For more details, download the 2012 ILDA Awards booklet (PDF format). This includes a photo from each winning artwork, plus credits and a description of the work.
Paul Berthot, Clandestine Systems
Keith Kettrey, Showtech Productions
Randy White, Palacewizard.com
All first place video winners can be seen on YouTube; click on the picture to play the YouTube video.
1st: “Glorious Light”, LOBO (video above)
2nd: “Adagio”, LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
3rd: “Finowfurt 2011”, LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
1st: “Seeing Sound”, Laser Spectacles (video above)
2nd: “Walkin’ On Sunshine”, Laser Show Design
3rd: “El Carrapicho”, Laser Spectacles
1st: “1001 Nights”, Lightline Lasertechnik (video above)
2nd: “Conductor”, Lightline Lasertechnik
3rd: “The 'New Generation' Games”, Orion-Art Multimedia
Honorable Mention: “Nicholson Center Opening Celebration”, Lighting Systems Design Inc.
1st: “Coultergeist”, Planetarium Hamburg (video above)
2nd: “Le Voyage Abstrait”, Planetarium Hamburg
1st: “Swedish House Mafia Live Show”, Lasertainment (video above)
2nd: “Zoolu 18 Laser Show”, Laser Spectacles
3rd: “Discotheque Riva 2011”, Prolight
1st: “Watch the Throne”, Lightwave International (video above)
2nd: “Irresistible Force”, Lightwave International
3rd: “Divas”, Kvant
Honorable Mention: “Parade of Innovations”, LOBO
1st: “Reethym of Lite”, Lightwave International (video above)
2nd: “Lose Control”, Lightwave International
3rd: “Cowboys and Aliens”, Lightwave International
1st: “ProPapier PM2”, LOBO (video above)
2nd: “Vision”, Orion-Art Multimedia
3rd: “Saving Nody”, LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
1st: “Wonder Full”, Laservision (video above)
2nd: “The Wedding Show”, Orion-Art Multimedia
3rd: “Allianz Arena Munich 2011”, LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
1st: “Global Rainbow UK”, Lightwave International (video above)
2nd: “Symphony of Lasers”, Lighting Systems Design Inc.
3rd: “The Ashgabat Towers Project”, LOBO
Honorable Mention: “HyperCube 2011”, HB Laserkomponenten
Performed live, and judged by attendees, at the ILDA Conference's Lase-Off, November 5 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.
1st: Eliav Kadosh (video above)
2nd: Tim Walsh
3rd: Kyle Garner
Winners selected by ILDA Members viewing photos online and voting via email
1st: “Festival of Lights 2011, Fernsehturm (TV-Tower)”, LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
2nd: “Big Brother”, LOBO
3rd: “Dancemax - 2055”, Collimated
Honorable Mention: “Madison Square Gold”, Lightwave International
Harry de Boer
1st: "SafetyScan Lens", Pangolin Laser Systems
The SafetyScan Lens is applied to the front of an audience-scanning laser projector. SafetyScan increases the divergence in the lower portion of the scan field where the audience resides, but does not increase the divergence in the upper portion of the scan field. The result is an audience scanning show that is safer and more enjoyable, but one that also has the drama of a classic audience-scanning laser show.
(No 2nd place was awarded for 2012)
3rd: "Versatile Rotary Actuator Device (V-RAD)", Pangolin Laser Systems
The VRAD-1510 is a limited rotation Versatile Rotary Actuator Device featuring a magnetic spring return, very wide-angle capability, and linear current vs. angle profile.
Honorable Mention: "KVANT eLite 1000", Kvant
The eLite 1000 is a 1-watt full-color diode laser (no DPSS). The uniqueness lies in its superior color mixing capabilities, high speeds of modulation of each single laser module (100 kHz) and comprehensive inbuilt control features from MonchaNet.
Dr. Alexander Timofeev
"Thank you for an outstanding Conference"
ILDA Awards Judge, AV Provider to the 2012 Conference, Ethics Committee Chair
Barbara and Tom Harman, after the 2012 ILDA Awards Banquet.
Laser Production Network was founded in 1968; Tom Harman has been president for 36 years. In that time, LaserNet has produced innumerable shows. He is famous for beam and aerial shows. LaserNet has repeat clients who demand his presence as no one can do a beam treatment as well as Tom. He won one of the early ILDA Awards in 1988 for one of his beam shows, and the 1998 LDI "Laser Display of the Year" award.
In 2010, LaserNet became one of only four companies to complete the demanding "ILDA Professional" accreditation process, proving LaserNet's experience, laser safety training, and industry activities.
Tom has a very strong history of support for ILDA. He was one of the original founders of ILDA and one of its charter members. He has maintained LaserNet membership in ILDA every single year without fail (one of only three members to do so over these 25 years). LaserNet hosted the ILDA Conference three different times: 1995, 2008 and 2010. In addition, the 2004 Conference at LDI in Las Vegas was co-managed by LaserNet's Christine Jenkin. So that is four Conferences that LaserNet has hosted and run.
The brief space on this page does not permit a full listing of Tom's qualifications for CAA. Please visit a special webpage at www.lasernet.com/caa.htm to read more about Tom, including four letters of recommendation from industry leaders including last year's CAA recipient Steve Heminover.
I never thought I’d be up here receiving this prestigious award as there are so many deserving people here tonight. I personally think that everyone in this crazy business deserves an award. So give yourselves a big round of applause.
I saw my first planetarium light show in 1974 and it was really high tech – slides, moving lights and HeNe’s hitting mirrors glued to speaker cones! Of course the show was more than that, but, it was creative, exciting and I got bit by the laser bug. So in 1976, I quit my job at the local TV station and have been traveling ever since.
I want to remind everyone that you have it so easy today. Where’s the water hoses, where’s the 3 phase power? Where’s the 4 guys to pick up the laser? That’s progress for you. Our ScannerPro systems and the gear you see here tonight are amazing testaments to the ongoing enthusiasm we all put into our laser shows. The diodes have revolutionized our industry and we are indeed fortunate to be able to take advantage of this cutting edge technology.
But I haven’t done this all by myself – I’m lucky to have surrounded myself with a loyal team of professionals. Thank you to Christine Jenkin known to you as the President of ILDA, but at home, she’s VP of Operations for LaserNet. Horacio Pugliese, my VP of Engineering - the man never sleeps – but he keeps everything running, Robert, Randy, David, Eddie, Glenn, Javier, Cheryl, they’re all part of the team. And of course, my wife of nearly 32 years, Barbara. She has seen it all, been through thick and thin, let me help raise our daughter Allison and now out there with me doing shows! It’s still a blast.
I’ve always said that you’re only as good as your last show, so I urge you all to do your best and keep everyone wanting more.
I recently heard a quote that I thought appropriate for this meeting. It’s from the famous science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke. He said: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is not distinguishable from magic.” Think about it, any sufficiently advanced technology is not distinguishable from magic. I put forth you to today, the art and technology we have at our fingertips, is magic. This magic is what continues to keep me excited about coming to work every day. As long as all of us can keep the magic in our lives, our industry will never die. Long live laser light shows, long live ILDA and thank you for this great honor.
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