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Using new technologies and developing industry-wide standards


News from the 2016 ILDA Conference in Baltimore

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ILDA Conference attendees, their guests and families at the kickoff event, the November 6 Welcome Reception and Dinner Cruise. Click for a larger version of the photo.

At the November 7-8 2016 ILDA Conference in Baltimore, Brad Billet, Olga Eser and Christopher Short were elected to the Board of Directors. Brian Gonzalez was elected President of the Board. Chad Timinskis became Secretary. The complete list of 2016-2017 officers is on the Board page.

Members attending the ILDA Business Meeting voted to add a Hobbyist category, with restricted voting and annual dues of $95. This was ratified by the Board on November 15 by officially changing the ILDA Bylaws to reflect this change.

The website now has a page with the complete list of 2016 ILDA Award winners, as presented on November 8 at the ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation. In addition, we also have a downloadable version of the 2016 Awards Booklet that was handed out prior to the Awards Presentation. This gives additional information about the winning entries. And, we have a 23-minute YouTube video showing excerpts from all 2016 ILDA Award winners.

The 2017 ILDA Conference will be in Bratislava, Slovakia, hosted by KVANT. Members also saw presentations for the 2018 Conference in Quebec, hosted by LaserTech Canada; and for 2019 in London, hosted by ER Productions.


New! Voting is now open for the ILDA Board of Directors

There are three openings this year on the ILDA Board of Directors. These are the seats which are currently held by Olga Eser, Alex Hennig and Christine Jenkin. We have four candidates for the three seats:

  • Brad Billet
  • Olga Eser
  • Christine Jenkin
  • Christopher Short

Voting is open to all current ILDA Members except for Student members. Here is how to vote:

  • If you are NOT attending the Nov. 7 Business Meeting held during the ILDA Conference in Baltimore, then you can vote now by email. Simply review the candidate statements on the ILDA Board page, and then read the section “How to vote for Board candidates”. Email voting closes at 9:30 AM EST (New York time) on Sunday November 6.
  • If you ARE attending the Nov. 7 Business Meeting in Baltimore, do not vote by email. Instead, you will vote in person during the Business Meeting which begins at 9:30 am on Monday November 7. If you wish, you can read up now on the candidate statements on the ILDA Board page, to help you prepare to make your choice.


New! Nominations are now open for the 2016 ILDA Board of Directors

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The current ILDA Board of Directors. Abdulwahab Baghdadi, Brian Gonzalez, ILDA President Christine Jenkin, Alex Hennig, and Olga Eser. Names in bold are up for election or re-election this year.

There are three openings this year on the ILDA Board of Directors. These are the seats which are currently held by Olga Eser, Alex Hennig and Christine Jenkin. Any qualifying ILDA Member may run for the Board of Directors. Also, the current Board members may run for re-election if they wish.

You can nominate yourself, or another ILDA Member if they agree to you nominating them. Nominees must be ILDA Members in (at least) 2015 and 2016, and must be in good standing with no dues or Ethics Committee issues.

Email the nominee’s name plus a short (500 word maximum) statement of why they would be a good Board member, to ILDA. Deadline for nominations is 9:30 AM EST (New York time) on Monday, October 31.

More information on the Board of Directors and the nomination process is on the ILDA Board page.



New! Voting is now open for the 2016 ILDA Career Achievement Award

ILDA Members can vote from August 5 through August 19 for the 2016 Career Achievement Award. There are five nominees:

  • Stephen Harvey, LM Productions
  • Alberto Kellner, Laser Entertainment srl
  • Chris Matthews, LCI
  • Glenn Thomas, Laser Images (Laserium)
  • Dr. Alexander Timofeev, Orion-Art Multimedia
Members are invited to review the nominees’ biographies, and then email their choice to ILDA. Votes must be sent by 11:59 pm, your local time, on Friday, August 19.

Biographies and complete voting instructions are on the 2016 CAA voting page.


Tim Walsh receives the 2014 ILDA Career Achievement Award from 2012 CAA recipient Tom Harman. A list of all past CAA recipients is here.


New! Voting is now open for the 2016 ILDA Awards for Laser Photography

ILDA Members can vote from May 29 through June 13 for the Laser Photography category of the ILDA Awards.

Fifty-four photos are at the 2016 Photo Judging website. Members are invited to review the photos, pick their top three favorites, and email their choices for First, Second and Third Place to ILDA. Votes must be sent by 11:59 pm, your local time, on Monday June 13.

Complete instructions and the voting email address are at the Photo Judging website.

Non-Members are welcome to look through the photos as well, although only Members’ email votes will be counted.


Save by registering on or before July 15, for the November ILDA Conference

You can save $225 by registering early for the 2016 ILDA Conference, to be held November 6-9 in Baltimore Maryland.

Early registration is available through July 15, at a rate of $523 for Members ($423 for spouses/guests). On July 16, regular registration will increase to a rate of $748 ($523 for spouses/guests).

So if you want to save, be sure to register during early the early registration period! Full details about the Conference, hosted by Image Engineering, is on the ILDA Conference page.


New! 2016 ILDA Awards competition now open for Members. Deadline: March 31

It is now ILDA Awards entry season for Members! Get your videos ready, and download the Awards rules and entry form.

There are three main categories of awards: Artistic, Technical and Career Achievement.

The deadline for submission is March 31 2016. Full details are on the Enter the 2016 ILDA Awards page.


ILDA competition for non-members seeks new talents

With laser projectors becoming more affordable, there are many enthusiasts and laser artists creating laser light shows. ILDA has announced a new contest to find and publicize non-ILDA members who are creating exceptional shows.

The “New Talent” search is open to any individual who has not been a member of ILDA, either on their own or as an employee of an ILDA member. They can enter up to three videos, each one up to 4 minutes in length. An international panel of judges will view all entries to choose the winner.

The deadline for this year’s entries is September 15 2016. See the Enter the 2016 ILDA New Talent search page for full rules and for the entry form.

Subsequent New Talent searches in 2017 and beyond will find and publicize additional new talents.


What the winner receives

The 2016 "New Talent" winner will receive the star-shaped “ILDA New Talent” trophy, honoring their work as the best of the worldwide entries. They will be recognized at the November 2016 ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation in Baltimore, and will have free attendance to the banquet (a $250 value). Their achievement will be publicized on ILDA's website. Recognition as a winner could become a stepping stone to further involvement in the laser display industry. They will also receive a free year's Individual Membership in ILDA (a $130 value; this amount may be optionally applied towards a Corporate Membership). The Membership includes free access to Skyzan laser safety software (a $299 value), discounts on LSO classes and ILDA events, and other Member benefits.


See 45 award-winning laser shows in less than half an hour

Note that one excerpt in the 2016 video is silent; it had its audio track removed due to copyright claims.

This 23-minute video has excerpts from winners of the the 2016 ILDA Awards. It’s the best of laser display, all in one place. You’ll see work from the top shows in these categories:

Beams/Atmospherics Show for a Single X-Y Scanner Pair
Beams/Atmospherics Show for Multiple Scanner Projectors
Graphics Show
Abstract Show
Beams and Screen Show
Nightclub / Disco / Music Festival Show
Corporate Show
Live Stage Show
Live TV Show
Edited Film / TV / Video
Laser Show With Added Effects/Multimedia
Laser Fine Art
Innovative Application
Laser Photography
Fenning Award for Technical Achievement

And for even more laser shows, check out the 2015 ILDA Award winners. This video lets you see 45 shows in 26 minutes.


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