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 during the 2022 ILDA Conference in London (Dartford) UK, hosted by ER Productions:
• 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.
• 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 more details on the winners, download the 2022 ILDA Awards booklet (PDF format). The booklet lists all winners, plus credits and a description of the work.
If you want to get a quick overview of all of the winners, below is a video compilation of the 2022 Award winners. This 36-minute video contains short 15- to 60-second excerpts from the Award-winning entries.
Christine Bernat, Brad Billet, Ross Blitz, Mike Dunn, Olga Eser, Derek Garbos, Christine Jenkin, Lucas McIntyre, Dave Nash, Theo Petrides, Nisha Ramnath, Leon Ren, Michael Roberts, Karl Rothweiler, Merlin Schaadt, Nick Squire, Jonas von Stockhausen, and Sean Zhang.
For the inauguration of the headquarters of a private investment company, we created a fanciful show staging the building itself as the star of the evening. A generous set of lighting outside and inside the building were the basis for a brilliant laser mapping on the basis of five laser projectors, bringing the facade of the building to life. Another five laser projectors created atmospherics to put the audience right in the center of the show performance. On top of that, large pyro accents, fire artists and an aerial artist suspended from a helium balloon gave the show a strong emotional impact.
Credits: Laserdesign: Merlin Schaadt; Creative Director: Alex Hennig
Music: Nightwish, "Poet and the Pendulum"
The venue is a ring-shaped theater with high and low drops. Our goal is to use ten laser projectors to make the laser performance impactful while ensuring the front and side audience's perception at the same time. We used a staggered semi-circular array to install the lasers: the six lasers on the upper layer can not only illuminate all the audience, but also illuminate the stage, and can also create a third-layer light area through the reflection of the stage. The four lasers on the lower layer enrich the laser atmospheric effect from below.
Credits: Designer/Programmer: Leon.RJ
Music: Hyundai,"Original music"
A commercial railway company wanted to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a brilliant opening multimedia show. The main elements should be laser, light and video, the music should be rock themed. A film crew was already booked by the company and we straight jumped into this project as the overall art director. We created a storyboard, chose the music, designed a stage and the show which was optimized for video, light and laser effects including a laser bending scene with a dancer. We also used a 5.1 surround sound system and gave the audience no time to calm down.
Credits: Art Director and Laser Programmer: Markus Voggenberger; Setup Laser and Operating: Helmut Gruber; Camera: Manuel Lidauer
Music: Black Rhomb, "Invisible Edge"; Arthur Basov, "Get Out Alive"; Arthur Basov, "Legendary Stone"; Audiomachine, "Charging The Keep"
The Swedish finals of the world known TV show Idol invited the Norwegian dj Alan Walker to perform his new song together with Benjamin Ingrosso. The creative team wanted a futuristic sci -fi look and decided to use lasers to create a portal/hologram in which the artists are performing. We suggested to have two lasers from above to create a laser cage surrounding them. To make it more interesting we also added atmospheric lasers together with some diffraction burst effects.
Credits: Programming and Operator: Love Karlsson; Laser Tech & Laser Safety Officer: Johan Lindell; Laser Tech: Claes Magnusson
Music: Alan Walker featuring Benjamin Ingrosso, "Man on the Moon"
The Swedish gameshow På Spåret has been running for over 30 years. This year they invited Vargas & Lagola to play there. They have a unique performance where lasers play an essential part. A new guest artist was brought in every week to make the show more interesting. This also gave us an opportunity to create different looks and be more creative.
Credits: Programming and Operator: Anders Edstöm
Music: Lucas Graham, "7 Years”; Stevie Nicks, "Edge of Seventeen Johnossi edit”; Marie Fredriksson, "Den bästa dagen Veronica Maggio edit”; Nationalteatern, "Kolla Kolla vargas och lagola edit”; Lionel Richie, "Say You Say Me vargas och lagola edit"
Alba August is a new, upcoming artist in Sweden who was performing at Grammis which is a Swedish equivalent to the Grammy awards. She wanted her performance to be something unique and chose to use lasers as her main effect. Her creative team wanted something new and not only the type of lasers that you usually see (green and cyan beams). They went for a peach/ pink look for the song and wanted solid laser shapes which can be a challenge especially when doing a TV show. But working closely with the rest of the team we managed to pull it off. A unique look for Alba’s song was achieved.
Credits: Programming and Operator: Love Karlsson; Laser Tech and Laser Safety Officer: Johan Lindell
Music: Alba August, "Isabelle"
This show was created by the dancer Roberto Bolle to give classical dance a more contemporary identity. Classical dance, which for too long has been an art appreciated by an elite audience, with technology acquires added value, great visual strength and reaches a wider and more contemporary audience brought on tour to several theaters. In this case Roberto performed on the TV show "Danza con me" broadcast on 1st January 2022 at La Scala Theatre in Milan, Italy.
Credits: Performer: Roberto Bolle; Choreographer: Max Volpini; Light Designer: Valerio Tiberi; Lasershow Designer and Programmer: Lorenzo Pompei
Music: Davide Dileo, “Waves”; Peter Dickinson, “Trois Gymnopédies: III. Lent et grave”
Alessandra Amoroso will be the second woman in the history of Italian music to perform solo at Sansiro Stadium in Milan, Italy in 2022. She announced it to her fans one year before; she read an emotional letter about her life in the center of the empty stadium around laser graphics.
Credits: Head of Project: Luca Toscano; Laser Operator and Programmer: Martin Gabco; Programmer: Pieterjan Ruysch; Network Manager: Marco Malatesta; Laser Technicians: Simone Balotta, Matteo De Salvia; Partner: Kvant Show Production
The lasers are used as part of the lighting rig to enhance moments during the games show.
Credits: Laser Design: Marc Webber; Laser Programmer and Operator: Colin Clarke
Music: TV soundtrack and music notes
Water fountains, colors and plays of lights, lasers and videos in the splendid scenery of Lake Valbione, then the story on the water of the students of the third class of Primary School of Temù di Ponte di Legno (Brescia, Italy). It is the fable "The mystery of Lost Water", written by pupils to reflect on the importance of water, which in the evenings garnered great consensus among the public and tourists. The story aims to raise awareness of the importance of correct human behavior to preserve glaciers, reduce the impact of climate change and preserve the precious asset: water.
Credits: Illustrator and Laser Programmer: Lorenzo Pompei; Sound Design and Visual: Donato Tranquillino Minerva; Light and Water Fountain Programmer: David Todaro
Music: Various artists
Originally part of a multimedia show intended as a corporate framework, this final beam show section was separated into its own, standalone segment titled "EuroSights – Extended Beam.” As the name suggests, it has been extended, re-arranged and augmented with fire effects and moving lights, which add a whole new level to this already sharp and precise performance. With eye-catching motions and striking shapes, the designer conjured an epic visual companion to the music, casting a spell over the audience before gently fading.
Credits: Show Design: Florian Skrzypczak
Music: Robert Northcott, "War Cry" (just the last part was used for the beam show)
This multimedia show was prepared and presented in 2021 in Pskov, the city where the Russian saint Prince Alexander Nevsky reigned, in honor of his 800th birthday. The Middle Ages were very difficult and bloody times. This panoramic laser show illustrates the life of Prince Alexander, his service to the Motherland and merits in the defense of the Fatherland. The multimedia performance was shown on the territory of the Pskov Kremlin twice every evening for two weeks.
Credits: Producer: Alexey Shishkov (Lasermaster); Scenario: Vadim Delnov (Lasermaster); Laser Graphics and Animations: Kirill Nikitochkin & Max Ischik (Orion-Art); Video Designer: Dmitri Groshikov (Lasermaster); Project Supervisors: Alexander Timofeev & Taras Viter (Orion-Art)
Music: Modest Mussorgsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition” (N9); Sergey Prokofiev, “Alexander Nevsky"; specially recorded announcer's voice
This music festival required quick reaction as it was not time-coded. All cues were performed live. Emphasis was placed on separation of effects across the projectors giving a wider look to the stage with beams “jumping” from side to side, all with great synchronization.
Credits: Laser Installation: Derek Garbos, Nicolas Squire, Joel Decarie; Laser Operator: Nicolas Squire; LSO: Joel Decarie.
Music: The Chainsmokers, "Various mixes"; Steve Aoki, "Various mixes".
Video footage of an all-night event taking place in a closed hall. The show included pre-programmed elements as well as a live performance.
Credits: Laser Designer: Maciej Lukaszewski
The world’s biggest festival with over 730,000 attendees. Seven stages were supplied using a variety of fixtures, totaling 480. The main stage had 100 30W lasers on it. The EDM Festival is the largest in the world and broke several records including for tallest temporary structure.
Credits: Laser Design: Ryan Hagan, Sam O'Reardon, Squib and Sam Tozer; Laser Programmer & Operator: Seth Griffiths, Harry Boyde, Alex Oita, Corey Newton, Charle Jongerans, Christian Smith, Scotty Owen and Tyler Barbone
Music: Various artists playing across the 4 days
The psychedelic band required a few different applications including abstract looks projecting back onto stage.
Credits: Laser Design: Marc Webber; Laser Programmer & Operator: Harry Boyde
Music: Various tracks from Tame Impala
Bold colourful laser looks were the name of the game here. High-powered units created ceilings of rainbow including grating looks over the crowd.
Credits: Laser Design: Marc Webber; Laser Programmer & Operator: Harry Boyde
Music: Various tracks from Kacy Musgraves
The award-winning Dua Lipa wanted high energy for her performance of “Myself”. The lasers were tightly programmed to highlight musical moments in the track .
Credits: Laser Design: Marc Webber; Laser Programmer & Operator: Seth Griffiths
Music: Dua Lipa “Myself”
Human life is inextricably linked to the natural environment. At present, there are increasing threats to the environment on Earth. Some hazards are local, others have become universal. In the laser show we have drawn attention to environmental problems and how important it is to take care of the environment and protect the world around us
Credits: Art Director: Alice Soboleva; Laser Designers: Olga Savelyeva, Anna Usova, Mikhail Shebukov
Music: Annette, “Believe (Tango)”
This show is the result of a long studio night during the pandemic lockdown after the team’s decision to commit doing something motivating during those strange times. The atmospheric part of the show consists of several increases in effect density and volumetric effects, which follows the basic concept of this outstanding piece of music (slow and relaxed in the beginning / bright and shiny in the second half until the end). As hard the last months have ever been, Show must go on, folks!
Music: Queen, “The Show Must Go On"
Christmas laser architectural illumination of the Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye. The Church of the Ascension is the main architectural masterpiece of Kolomenskoye, which has no analogues in the world. The monument is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was very important for us to make an elegant illumination of the contours of the church and convey the Christmas atmosphere through the idea of the Ascension and the symbol of Christmas — the Bethlehem star.
Credits: Art Director: Alice Soboleva; Laser Designers: Olga Savelyeva, Anna Usova
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Credits: Laser Designers: Anna Nadolna, Jaroslaw Nadolny Music: Miki Higashino, "Withered Earth"
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Credits: Laser Designer: Anna Nadolna
Music: Tim McMorris, "New Year's Song"
The concept of the show is based on the idea that kindness lives in the soul of every creature, even the most formidable. It is in our power to spread kindness around us. We developed a script, created a character concept. We then created 3D models, set up the rig and animation. The rig was set up not only for the characters' bodies, but also for the faces so we could work through the facial expressions. We also thought through the music and sound design, which conveyed the characters' personalities and immersed the viewer in an amazing story.
Credits: Creative Concept: Olga Savelyeva; Art Director: Alice Soboleva; Laser Designers: Olga Savelyeva, Anna Usova, Mikhail Shebukov
I wanted to make a piece where the abstracts felt like organic life forms; living things with mass and purpose. Picking this more ambient music allowed me to explore the intent of the abstracts and make something that existed on a larger and more cinematic scale. I also focused on transitions between scenes and the narrative story of the abstracts.
Credit: Christopher Short
Music: Christopher Franke, “Species Feces”
This started as a simple fun show to a ridiculous joke song about the robot revolution murdering all the humans. It rapidly became more complex with 3D abstracts and the worlds lamest cartoon robots. No humans were harmed in the making of this show.
Credit: Christopher Short
Music: Flight of the Conchords, “Robots”
Laurie Anderson is one of the world’s greatest performance artists and this song has always appealed to me. The concept of language as a virus is the creation of beat poet William S. Burroughs. I wanted a show that felt like neon stabs on rainy streets and a style that evolved as the song progressed.
Credit: Christopher Short
Music: Laurie Anderson, “Language is a Virus (Remastered)”
Making a show with this smooth,warm, glorious feeling piece of music instead of a fast-beating soundtrack trying to catch every single beat with effects and cues, has been on my to-do list for quite a while. So I took this opportunity to complete it. I designed this show in a structured way in which the story could evolve naturally and be better told. For the first half of the show I tried to always bridge two cues by a transition to avoid clean cut (screen goes completely dark).
Credits: Owner of Phantom Media/Laserist: Sean Zhang Jifeng
Music: Vangelis, "Glorianna"
Parov Stelar's music style is based on a combination of jazz, house, electro, hip hop and pop. We chose the 2020 released song “Brass Devil,” an electro swing style piece of music that sweeps you away with its beat. With our show we try to represent and visualize the magic of this music.
Credits: Programmer: Markus Voggenberger; Setup Laser and Camera: Helmut Gruber
Music: Parov Stelar, "Brass Devil"
In this show, I wanted to demonstrate the beauty of hot beams. I used Quickshow to program this show.
Credits: Programmer: Victor Bian
Music: Seven Lions "Freesol"
Coming back to Your Time! This show plays a lot with different mirror effects, but not only the classic known style like single beam reflections. I wanted to create fresh effects, which allows new illusions. Every sound of the music is interpreted as laser light.
Credits: Laserdesign: Merlin Schaadt
Music: Supreme Desices & David Klemencz, "Now Is Your Time"
This beam show is an aspiring laser designer’s testament to their development both in a personal sense, but also in their skills and dedication to their craft. With a highly danceable backing track, "Shining" lives up to its title of being full of energy and momentum. One can definitely imagine this kind of vivid laser performance in the setting of a dance club, fitting right in with the smaller, more intimate scale of a night out partying with friends, inviting the audience with its swift changes in motion and “crisp” shape-work.
Credits: Show Design: Diana Coenen
Music: VIZE Feat. Laniia, "Stars (VIP Extended Remix)"
This new laserist’s debut takes a rather unexpected, more comical approach to the medium of a beam show: Going for a more provocative direction, the harsh EDM remix of a familiar tune sets the tone for a beam show that intends to entertain and uplift the audience with a variety of effects and motions. Dancing lasers ensnare the spectators as they bounce and swipe in sync with the music, inviting them to dance along like a "Crazy Chicken" to the droning beats and have a clucking good time.
Credits: Show Design: Diana Coenen
Music: Onderkoffer + Black & White, "Bella Ciao Remix"
Crank is a laser show that explores choreography of a dynamic electronic and orchestral music. Each element in the show is meticulously thought out to help make the show come alive.
Credit: Theo Petrides, all original work.
Music: Kill the Noise, “Crank”
This was the first laser show I've made to feature wide laser zones strictly made for the camera's perspective. Even though I design laser shows as a career, this show was made with the intent of letting people know that lasers are something I'm deeply passionate about (as the song repeats "I just do this for fun")
Credits: Laser Production and Design: William Loftus
Music: Griz and Subtronics, “Griztronics II (Another Level)”
The idea of creating an imposing laser show to go along with this epic theme had been on the designer’s mind for a long time. In order to do the fantasy epic justice, they made use of several projectors, conducting them like the orchestral instruments that bestow the majestic character upon the track of this "Royal Play". The motions of the lasers offer deep immersion, enhanced by delicate beam compositions and tender motions, which then transition into sweeping beats that are meticulously timed as well as mesmerizing shapes that appear to blossom right in front of the audience’s eyes.
Credits: Show Design: Roman Schütz
Music: Ramin Djawadi (KSHMR & The Golden Army Remix), “Game of Thrones Main Title"
This is a commissioned permanent installation. It’s a laser-projected orrery manipulated by guests sitting in giant robot mechs. It’s a cooperative experience where guests try to solve puzzles and open the wormhole. Laser projection is accompanied by video mapping and other lighting effects.
Credits: Laser Programming: Christopher Short; Game Engine Programming and Systems Integration: Danny Bazo; Video projection: Chris Baron; Audio: Ben Wright; Creative Director: Matt King
Music: Ben Wright, “Wormhole”
The park has total of 22 rooms, of which eight rooms have a laser installation. Each room has its standard control and is designed with a single START button for easy operation of personnel. The laser powers used are from 1.8W to 3W, some with a 50mW custom design. In interactive installations where people come into contact with single laser beams, the measurement was made, and the thickness of the beam was increased so that the MPE was not exceeded. Rooms that do not have fixed barrier between people and lasers have, in addition to e-stop, an automatic e-stop installed (barrier detection sensor).
Credits: Idea Makers: Jiri Proucil and Pavol Kubosek; Programmer: Martin Gabco
Music: Jakub Pietras, "Onwards" (background music)
Permanent installation of three laser units that do a projection over a mountain almost 1km distant. The idea behind this project is display Saint and King's messages to support local tourism. Laser projection was supported with moving heads installed over mountain via wireless network sync with laser projection.
Credits: Programmer & Installation Designer: Martin Gabco
Music: Abdul Rahman Al-Khateeb & Ibrahim Khafaji, "National Anthem of Saudi Arabia"
One of the largest installations during the Biela noc 2021 art event in Bratislava. Laser projection represents a night talk of those two iconic buildings. For laser mapping were used 30W lasers which were installed on the roofs of sides buildings. The Slovak radio broadcasting building and the National Bank of Slovakia with its height of 111 meters. The buildings were empty overnight.
Credits: Designer, Programmer and Laser Operator: Martin Gabco; Music Producer: Stroon
Music: Stroon, "Would You"
Swan Lake is a ballet composed by Russian Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875. This classic tale tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by a curse from evil sorcerer Rothbart. Over 145 years later, this classic tale of reality and fantasy is reimagined as futuristic landscape composed of 24 laser projectors. In traditional presentations of Swan Lake, Rothbart is played by an on-stage actor. For our design, we imagined Rothbart as green laser light, and identified the moments in the composition where the evil Rothbart appears, the green laser becoming a character in itself.
Credits: Designer/Show Operator: Garrett Crabtree; Designer: Ryan Daly
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, "Swan Lake Op. 20"
Art and abstract building mapping was projected on the surface of the Presidency palace during the White Night 2021 art event in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Credits: Mapping Designer: Vlado Stefanek; Show Operator: Jakub Dibdiak; Music Producer: Stroon
Music: Stroon, "Astatine"
Winners selected by ILDA Members viewing photos online and voting via email
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Danger, danger! High voltage! This strange device appears to have been taken right out of an eccentric scientist’s research facility, but it is, in fact, an elaborate laser projection. These red and white laser beams create a stunning three-dimensional effect that culminates in the wispy sparks of the "Tesla Coil" colliding in the center. A truly electrifying piece of laser art!
Credit: Photographer: Florian Skrzypczak
Out of a deep, black void, fine laser brush lines spiral and fray out into the darkness; the last glimpse of an otherworldly purple sun peeks out as it is swallowed by the seemingly impossible "Black Hole Eclipse,” straight out of the science-fiction genre. The merging of laser techniques demonstrates a thrilling perspective trick that draws the viewer in – much like the outer-space phenomenon that inspired this image.
Credit: Photographer: Florian Skrzypczak
I enjoy painting folk art with traditional colors, which which gives me a soul- satisfaction. But to create that form of art with laser — using the 21st Century high-tech for painting brush, vibrant colors, and lumia effect — is a different kind of challenge and thrill where art meets with science in unity. “Butterfly in Flower Forest” actually goes a step beyond that. It is an experimental art created predominantly with laser, mixed with lumia and fluorescent papers under UV. For photography, a DSLR camera was used, captured in a single click. No digital post enhancement was done.
Credit: Laser Artist and Photographer: Manick Sorcar
The Laser Jockey competition was held 4 November 2022 during the ILDA Conference. Attendees viewed the competitors’ live performances, then voted for their favorites. The top three vote-getters received First, Second and Third Place in this category.
1st: Derek Garbos, LaserTech Canada
2nd: Alex Oita, ER Productions
3rd: Lyra Letourneau, Pangolin Laser Systems
For more information on how the judging and scoring was done, see the "2022 judging and scores" section below.
A well-known problem in the standardisation of laser displays is the handling of more laser color sources than just RGB. These additional colours needed to be set and adjusted in the software for the creation of the content. To achieve a direct communication between RGB content information, and output devices with more than RGB laser color sources, the calculation and processing of the color information is done dynamically in the projector. The algorithm calculates correct control values for RGB + additional colors (for example Yellow) from given RGB or CIE XYZ values only.
Spectrum projectors offer world-class performance, superb beam quality, a wide range of colours, inspiring features and comprehensive control options for easy integration into existing systems. There are three versions - 30 Watt ROGB, 33 Watt RYGB, and 45 Watt RYGB with either Orange or Yellow OPSL. Due to breakthroughs in beam-shaping techniques, all these models are seriously bright! In addition, the rigid foam aluminum chassis with cushioned heatsink, advanced thermal management and ergonomics makes working with Spectrums stressless, exciting and fun.
Rorschach And Awe is a custom-built laser lumia projector that projects butterfly- and other-shaped lumia patterns wherein the imagery is bilaterally symmetrical. It is a refinement of the Meta-Kinetic Bilateral Photonotron which was shown at SELEM 2021 and at the Zoom session of the 2021 ILDA Cloud Conference. It involves a lumia projector with custom optics: beam splitter, prism, and front-surface mirror. By adding a servomotor for the lumia disk and buttons for munge control, the possibilities for interactive expression are greatly increased.
The IDN-Hello protocol is the basic protocol for exchange of information between IDN enabled devices. It also includes procedures for IDN device and service discovery as well as exchange of laser specific parameters. The IDN-NetConfig is an extension to IDN-Hello to allow for a configuration of application-specific parameters via the local network.
Casey Stack saw his first laser show in 1977, at a Star Wars concert in Portland. The finale, where Spectra-Physics 171 argon-ion lasers scanned spirals onto rotating mirrored balls, changed his future.
At the age of 14 he started a company to build laser light show projectors. He was technical director at Laser Fantasy from 1986 to 1992, and a founding partner of Lightspeed Design Group, which won 40% of all ILDA artistic awards in their first year of business. At Laser Physics Inc. he developed a portable air-cooled mixed-gas laser (in the 1990s, well before diodes). Since 1998 he has been president of Laser Compliance, which assists manufacturers in laser product safety and regulatory compliance.
Through his career in laser display, Stack has supported ILDA, created innovative laser art and technology, and helped with standards and regulations. Some of his selected achievements are on the Career Achievement Award recipient page; scroll down to Casey Stack's listing.
Voted by the ILDA Membership, via email ballots
In 2022, ILDA received 107 artistic entries from 28 different Member companies and eight technical entries from five different Member companies. The five CAA nominees were carry-overs from previous years (no new nominees for 2022.)
• Most of the artistic entries were judged in July 2022 by an online panel of 18 judges (listed earlier on this webpage). Each category had three judges assigned. This was done to ensure judges did not evaluate any category where they had entries, and to spread out the workload of viewing so many entries.
• Laser Photography and Career Achievement Award entries were judged by ILDA Members voting online, July 10-18, 2022.
• Fenning technical entries were judged via online discussion of a three-member panel (listed earlier on this webpage) that reached its decision July 25, 2022. They evaluated eight entries from five ILDA Members.
• Laser Jockey entries were viewed and judged online by attendees during the ILDA Conference in London (Dartford) UK on November 4, 2022.
The 2022 artistic judges viewed the entries in their assigned categories via a secure, private Vimeo link. They rated each entry on a 1-5 scale according to four factors: Technical Competency, Artistic Competency, Quality and Variety of Laser Effects, and Visuals Following Music (sync). The scores were added up.
The highest scoring entry in a category won First Place, the second-highest won Second Place, and the third-highest won Third Place. In case of a tie, judges were asked to review the tied entries and express their preference. The entry with more judges' preferences won the higher placement.
Artistic awards results
For the artistic awards (including Laser Photography but not including Laser Jockey), in 2022 there were 47 winning entries, from 21 different ILDA Members. This means that three-quarters of Members who submitted for an artistic award won First, Second or Third Place.
Below is some information about the entries' scores. This may be of interest to persons who submitted in 2022, as well as those submitting for future Awards:
• The "Results for all entrants" spreadsheet lists all of the 2022 artistic Award entries, and the scores they received from the judges. (For this public version, the show names and entrant names have been removed.) The most important column is "AVG. SCORE". This has been color coded, so that green means an entry received an above-average score in its category, yellow indicates an average score, and orange & red indicates a below-average score. The Average Score is used to determine the First, Second and Third Place winners.
• All Members who entered the 2022 Awards were emailed their row numbers and entry names. Here is an example, using made-up information. They can match this information with the row numbers in the anonymous "Results for all entrants" spreadsheet, so the Member can know how his or her entries did, relative to others in the same category. If the judges made notes on the entry, those notes are included.
• The Laser Photography category was voted on by Members making a preference ranking of all entrants. Forty-seven Members voted. A vote for a person's 1st favorite gained 23 "points" since there were 23 entries. A vote as 2nd favorite gained 22 points, a 3rd favorite gained 21 points, a 4th favorite gained 20 points, etc. The entry with the highest point total received First Place; the entry with the second-highest point total received Second Place, etc. The scores are shown below. Only the names of the First, Second and Third Place winners have been publicly released; the other entries remain anonymous.
Laser Jockey competition scoring
The Laser Jockey competition was voted by persons attending the ILDA Conference in London (Dartford) UK on November 4, 2022. Each of the seven contestants played live to a randomly selected piece of music. The Laser Jockey contestants, and the voting audience were live in the Conference laser theater..
All attendees in the room, except for the contestants, were given a ballot. The contestants played in a random order and were unknown to the other attendee voters, who gave each performance a score from 0 to 5.
There were 33 ballots received. Scoring was done by adding up the score that each contestant received from the voters. The contestant with the highest number of points received First Place. The First Place winner, Derek Garbos of LaserTech Canada, won with 140 total points. Second Place went to Alex Oita of ER Productions with 135 points. Third Place went to Lyra Letourneau of Pangolin Laser Systems with 118 points.
ILDA requires its Members to perform safe and legal laser shows, and to acknowledge basic principles of laser show safety.
Beginning with the 2014 Awards, all entrants submitting videos have explicitly certified that their laser effects depicted met safety standards, as well as all applicable laser safety laws and regulations (including laws for audience scanning) in the location where the show was performed.
• Entries filmed in a studio, with no audience, can use any power and can scan anywhere, even if the original show was intended for an audience.
• However, if the video depicts an audience watching the laser show, or has lasers near performers, then the show must be safe for the audience and performers, and must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Documentation must be provided to ILDA about the show’s irradiance at the point of closest audience access, and any other safety measures that were implemented.
• The above documentation is also required if an entry depicts beams in an area where an audience might be, such as an empty tradeshow floor or an empty auditorium. This is because a video of unsafe beams in an audience area gives an impression that the same show would be run with an audience present.
Since 2014, ILDA has reviewed every entry for any potential safety issues.
ILDA has the right to remove or disqualify an entry if, in our sole opinion, 1) the show violates or appears to violate safety standards, laws and/or regulations, and/or 2) the show does not have sufficient documentation of safety and legal compliance.
Note that despite ILDA’s review process, ILDA cannot absolutely certify that an Awards entry is safe and legal. This is ultimately the responsibility of the entrant.
IMPORTANT: If you have a laser or a laser projector, do NOT attempt to perform the type of audience-scanning effects seen in ILDA Award-winning videos 1) without qualified expert safety planning and supervision and 2) without prior written permission from appropriate authorities. These authorities may include federal, state and local laser safety regulators, venue operators, and insurance companies.
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