ALD launches Awards for Excellence
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
ald-awardsforexcellence-logoThe awards are aimed at students and recent graduates studying in the UK
UK - The ALD has launched the ALD Awards for Excellence, a scheme aimed at students and recent graduates that replaces the annual Michael Northern Awards.
The ALD says the new format “better reflects” the association’s growing representation and introduces a restructured prize fund, with three categories instead of four.
Rory Beaton, head of the ALD’s Working Group for Awards, comments: “The awards have grown in stature and, like most things, need a firm foundation from which to grow further. With the consolidation of naming and prize structure, The ALD Awards for Excellence have a strong and flexible framework to shape them for the future.”
The awards are now open for submissions to current students studying in the UK, recent graduates (2017-present), or to corresponding affiliate members of the ALD. The deadline is set for midnight on 31 October and the winners will be announced during the ALD’s annual Lighting Lunch in December.
The categories are as follows:
The Michael Northen Award for Excellence in Lighting Design (sponsored by the Mousetrap Foundation) - £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a six-month mentoring scheme with a team of industry professionals to run alongside the initial stage of their career, a copy of Michael Northen’s book, Northen Lights.
The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics (sponsored by ETC) - £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad package, a one-year subscription to the ALD’s PLI insurance, a six-month mentoring scheme.
The Blue-I Media Award for Excellence in Video Design - £500 cash prize, £1,250 hire credit towards their first commercial venture, a six-month mentoring scheme.
The full entry criteria can be found on the ALD website.
Johanna Town, chair of the ALD, adds: “As the ALD is growing so its diversity better represents all who work to highlight, light and shade a performer’s stage. It’s very important for us to encourage abilities in communication of all mediums. To be able to sell your ideas and passions for a design or methodology to other industry leaders is an important skill. For this reason, The ALD’s Awards for Excellence are so important to a designer’s future.”
(Jim Evans)

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