ATTENTION ALL BAY AREA LIGHTING PROFESSIONALS:

It's time to submit your lighting designs to the 2016 IES Illumination Awards!

Deadline for Submissions is February 8, 2016 @ 11:59pm

(left to right) 2015 IES-SF Section First Place Award of Honor Winner: Square Inc. HQ, San Francisco, lighting design by Banks|Ramos (Claudio Ramos, Hiram Banks, Erin Sudderth, and Matt Landl); Second Place Co-Finalist: Two Complimentary Lobbies, San Francisco, lighting design by Melinda Morrison Lighting Design (Melinda Morrison); Second Place Co-Finalist: Sonoma Recording Studio, Sonoma County, lighting design by PritchardPeck (Jody Pritchard and Kristin Peck); Third Place: Autodesk HQ, San Rafael, lighting design by Birkenstock Lighting Design (Inga Birkenstock, Jonas Kuo, Hasan Sanli, and Kristin Bibat)

(left to right) 2015 IES-SF Section First Place Award of Honor Winner: Square Inc. HQ, San Francisco, lighting design by Banks|Ramos (Claudio Ramos, Hiram Banks, Erin Sudderth, and Matt Landl); Second Place Co-Finalist: Two Complimentary Lobbies, San Francisco, lighting design by Melinda Morrison Lighting Design (Melinda Morrison); Second Place Co-Finalist: Sonoma Recording Studio, Sonoma County, lighting design by PritchardPeck (Jody Pritchard and Kristin Peck); Third Place: Autodesk HQ, San Rafael, lighting design by Birkenstock Lighting Design (Inga Birkenstock, Jonas Kuo, Hasan Sanli, and Kristin Bibat)

The annual IES Illumination Awards provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria.

If you have a project that was completed between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015, it is eligible to be submitted. A project may be submitted only once.

RULES: Click here for complete 2016 Illumination Awards procedures and rules: http://ies.org/programs/ia/ProceduresRules.pdf

CRITERIA: Click here to review the criterion the judges will use when evaluating your entry. Answer the questions asked in the category score sheet as you develop your narrative: http://ies.org/ia/award-categories.cfm

Here are a few more helpful hints as you develop your submissions:

  • When choosing your photos, make sure that they have no electric fill light. It is also helpful to make sure that you are not using daylight shots, unless you are showing what a custom fixture looks like during the day or a project that highlights the daylight design. The photos should showcase the lighting, and most of your photographs should be night/evening shots.
  • You are allowed to submit up to ten photographs. Images must be in JPEG format and at least 1024px wide x 769px high. You do not have to use all ten photographs. Pick your best photographs, the ones that show your project in its best light, and submit those. It is better to have four great photographs than ten mediocre ones. A short video clip (maximum one minute duration with no sound) may be submitted in addition to the ten images.
  • Showcase your photographs in terms of the story of the project. You have a 300 word maximum narrative that can be used to describe the project. Those words tie into the photographs you choose. Your story should be logical: i.e. you enter into your project, you come to these key spaces, then as you leave you see a key lighting element.

The IES Illumination awards will follow the same procedure as last year. Submit your projects online at http://www.ies.org/ia/ by 11:59pm February 8, 2016. Cost per entry is $100.

The San Francisco Section’s local live judging will take place sometime between February 9 through February 28. Between March 2 and March 10, there will be a period of time in which you can edit and refine your entry. Expect to have some feedback from your local IES section regarding how to make your entry the best that it can be. Editing closes March 10. All projects are judged on-line from March 17 through April 18. This is when the Awards of Merit are determined. Projects that receive an exceptionally high score move on to the final judging which takes place at Lightfair April 25, 2016.

Good luck! Now is a great time to get recognition for your hard work! Winning entries are published in LD+A magazine, and local section winners will be announced at the 2016 IES-SF Illumination Awards Banquet at the City Club in San Francisco on Thursday, March 24, 2016.