Don't You Worry Child by Lightline Lasertechnik
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 2013 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 Special Achievement Award was created in June 2013. It is given for significant achievements that are not already sufficiently covered by existing ILDA Award categories. It does not have to be given every 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.
Booklet with details
For more details on the winners, download the 2013 ILDA Awards booklet (PDF format). The booklet lists all winners and includes a photo from each winning artwork, plus credits and a description of the work.
Videos on YouTube
Most First Place artistic winners, and a few Second Place winners, are available on YouTube. Click for a playlist of the 2013 ILDA Artistic Award winners.
Bernd Steinert, assisted by Robert Singer
1st: "Titanium", VisuTek e.U. (pictured above). May not be available on YouTube in all countries due to music copyright restrictions
2nd: "Flip", LOBO, view on YouTube
3rd: "Lethal Angel", LOBO
1st: "Limitless", Dynamic Lighting Systems (video above)
2nd: "Speedway", LOBO
3rd: "Tale of Music", LOBO
Honorable Mention: "Classical Beats", LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
1st: "Shake It Up", Laser Show Design, Inc. (video above)
2nd: "The True Story of the Recent Meteorite Explosion", Orion-Art Multimedia
3rd: "Pound Sign", Laser Show Design, Inc.
Honorable Mention: "Warschau EM Show Graphics", Lightline Lasertechnik
1st: "According To You", Lightwave International (video above)
2nd: "Planet Claire", Lightwave International
3rd: "Troubled", Christopher Short
1st: "Party Rock Anthem", Laser Show Design, Inc. (video above)
2nd: "Don't You Worry Child", Lightline Lasertechnik (video excerpt at top of this page)
3rd: "Moscow - KOH-I-NOOR", KVANT Ltd.
1st: "Symphonic Explosion", LOBO (video above)
2nd: "Wie Schon...", Planetarium Hamburg
3rd: "Dark Side of the Moon", Lightwave International
1st: "Intencity 2013", MediaLas Electronics GmbH (video above)
2nd: "Discotheque Riva", Prolight
3rd: "Ultra Festival 2013", Lightwave International
1st: "The Non-Ferrous Metals Production", Orion-Art Multimedia (video above)
2nd: "Laserdome", LOBO
3rd: "Volvo Fashion Week", Orion-Art Multimedia
1st: "Helene Fischer Euphoria", Lightline Lasertechnik (pictured above). Not available on YouTube due to music copyright restrictions
2nd: "Bloc Party Four World Tour 2012-2013", ER Productions, view on YouTube
3rd: "Mobius", LaserNet
(No 1st Place was awarded in this category)
2nd: "Czecho-Slovakia Got Talent", KVANT Ltd. (video above)
3rd: "X Factor: Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars", YLS Entertainment
1st: "Emeneo - The Xperience", MediaLas Electronics GmbH (pictured above) Note - audio may not be available on YouTube due to music copyright restrictions
2nd: "Eye On It", Peachtree Laser Inc.
3rd: "Estefan", LaserNet
1st: "Ten Billion Tons of Oil", Orion-Art Multimedia (video above)
2nd: "55 Years of Zelenograd-City", Orion-Art Multimedia
3rd: "Ocean City Beach Lights", Image Engineering
1st: "Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular", Image Engineering (video above)
2nd: "Universal Orlando New Years' Eve Show", Lighting Systems Design, Inc.
3rd: "Feliz Navidad Madrid", Laser Entertainment srl and LM Productions
1st: "Stratus 10", Mike Gould (video above)
2nd: "Fragile Territories", LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
3rd: "Nordic Cool 2013", Image Engineering
Winners selected by ILDA Members viewing photos online and voting via email
1st: "Beam Me Up", Lightwave International
2nd: "Laser Sculpture", MediaLas Electronics GmbH
3rd: "Nordic Cool 2013", Image Engineering
Performed live, and judged by attendees, at the ILDA Conference's Lase-Off, November 5 2013 in Aalen, Germany.
1st: Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles Inc.
2nd: Tom Harman, LaserNet
3rd: Jan Ringen, Quantum Satis Media
Alain Neuens, independent laserist
Alain Neuens, independent laserist
Jurgen Kleine, LaserAnimation
Johannes Renksdorf, LightForce Lasertechnik
(No 1st Place was awarded in this category)
2nd: "Moncha.NET with Display Board", Showtacle Ltd. (pictured above)
This new control board for Moncha.NET provides a perfect way to integrate a laser show controller directly inside a laser projector. All important hardware elements of laser projectors are now integrated into one small board, which can easily fit inside even small laser projectors. Moncha.NET board together with Display Board offers all important functions required by laser system producers: Ethernet/MDX/Standalone laser show controller with SD card, external ILDA, safety key, analog brightness, position and size control (for external ILDA as well).
3rd: "NetLase LC Ethernet Controller", Mueller Elektronik
NetLase LC is a new Ethernet-based network interface to control output signals for a laser projector from show software running on a PC in real time. It supplies an ILDA-compatible connector and uses 100 MBit standard network connection for data transfer. It offers 12 bit X/Y plus six color channels at up to 70 pps output speed as well as DMX-In and Out. It uses an open API, so any Windows software can output laser shows through this device. It fits in most laser projectors, offers plug-and-play capabilities via DHCP/AutoIP and a web interface for advanced device setup.
Honorable Mention: "Lightline Safety Radar", Lightline Lasertechnik
The Safety Radar was invented for the safe operation of open-air laser systems. It automatically detects targets such as aircraft or animals entering the area of the laser beam. It is connected to the interlock circuit of any laser and will shut down the system in case of target alarm.
Tim is a Founding Member of ILDA, having attended the first organizational meeting in 1986 and being an ILDA Member continuously since that time.
He served on ILDA’s Board of Directors from October 2006 to November 2011, and was elected ILDA President for four terms (March 2007 to November 2011).
He has put substantial effort into the Awards Committee throughout ILDA’s history, and has been chair of the Awards Committee since the mid-2000’s. One of his primary efforts was to bring more live lasers to the ILDA Awards Presentation.
Last year, he served as host of the successful 2012 ILDA Conference in San Antonio, and he did this as one of the very few sole-proprietor companies to have run an ILDA Conference.
For his long and distinguished service to ILDA, Tim Walsh is presented with the 2013 ILDA Outstanding Service Recognition Award.
Awarded for ￼exceptional merit in using laser display to celebrate India's heritage, and to prepare the next generation by introducing a course on laser art and animation and establishing the Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory at Jadavpur University.
Manick Sorcar is a Renaissance man: an engineer, a cartoonist, a film animator, and an exhibited artist in various media including laser. ILDA is honoring him tonight because of his work in laser display that celebrates the heritage of his native India. He has produced many documentary-type laser shows depicting Indian history. Along with his family, he has created world-touring, award-winning stage shows incorporating traditional and fusion Indian dances with life-size laser animation and visual spectacles.
In addition, he supported the art form by introducing in 2011 "Laser Lighting for Art, Animation and Entertainment’ as a formal academic course at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. The university built the Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory, where Manick contributed laser equipment worth over $100,000 and teaches as a visiting lecturer.
His laser works have received many awards from Indian organizations, as well as ILDA Awards including a Finalist in 2004 and First Place in 2005 (both for Live Stage Performance) and First Place in 2007 for his laser photograph Reflection, which made the cover of the 2008 Laserist magazine. As he said in a Laserist interview, "When doing a laser show, I do not believe in confining it just to some beam shows married with popular music. I strongly believe that it is a media through which we can bring people together for good causes and communicate with people in a visual language that they are attracted to."
Pavol Kubošek studied physics at Comenius University in the Slovak Republic. He received a Master's degree in optics and quantum mechanics, and a PhD. in 1993 with a thesis in speckle interferometry. He was a researcher in the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where he published many papers in international scientific journals.
Pavol's career in laser display began in 1995 with the establishment of KVANT. He has said that the beginning was difficult and it helped him learn a lot about business. With personal qualities of persistence, consistency and good leadership, KVANT helped bring high quality lasers with affordable prices to the market. Now production is oriented on many different laser projectors with a wide range of possible adjustments based on customers' wishes, as well as laser modules used in display and other industries.
Kvant has been innovative by introducing such features as DMX projector control, control over USB connections, introducing DPSS lasers (in 2004), controlling large numbers of projectors easily via software, first diode-only full-color laser system, plug-and-play lasers for smaller clubs, and compact solid-state modules pumped by blue laser diodes (2011). KVANT products are distributed in 40 countries; the company employs 80 people and was a finalist in Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" competition in 2012.
Pavol holds many scientific and technical patents, and utility models. He never forgets that success comes only with a lot of effort. KVANT continues to upgrade quality, and search for new solutions in their Research & Development department.
Voted by the ILDA Membership, via email ballots in July 2013
For 2013, ILDA received a record 204 artistic entries from a record 33 different Member companies. Most of these artistic entries were judged May 24-25 2013 in Germany by a three-member panel that met for two days of review and voting.
New laser scores in 2013
New for 2013, the artistic judges rated each entry according to six factors. Four factors -- technical competency, artistic competency, quality and variety of effects, and music sync -- were used by the judges in making their final choice of winners. Two other factors, video quality and audio quality, were also evaluated to help entrants improve their entries (and video marketing materials).
Entrants were emailed with their individual results. This let them see how well they did in comparison with other entries in their categories and in the Awards.
ILDA also provided some aggregate information about the entries' results. This may be of interest to persons submitting for future Awards:
• The Judges' Rating Spreadsheet lists all of the 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 the Average Rating Score. This has been color coded, so that green means an entry received an above-average rating, yellow indicates an average rating, and red & orange indicate below-average ratings. The Average Rating Score is used to help determine the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and (sometimes) Hon. Mention winners.
• The Entry Plot Chart has a column for each artistic category judged. Each dot in a column represents one entry in that category. The vertical placement of the dot indicates the entry's rating score from 1-5. By comparing the dot locations, it is possible to see which categories have higher-quality (higher-scoring) entries, and how tight the competition is between entries within a category. A faint gray bar in each column indicates the average rating for all entries in that category.
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