Shadows by VisuTek e.U.
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 2015 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.
• 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 2015 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.
Below is a compilation of 2015 Award winners. This 26-minute video contains short excerpts from each Award-winning entry. Note that two excerpts in the video are silent; they had their audio tracks removed due to copyright claims.
1st: "Wild Things", LOBO (pictured above)
2nd: "Sunrise", LOBO
3rd: "Elisabeth", Merlin Schaadt
1st: "Atemlos", VisuTek e.U. (pictured above)
2nd: "Shadows", VisuTek e.U. (video excerpt at top of this page)
3rd: “Adventures", LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
1st: "Nosferatu", LaserAnimation SOLLINGER (pictured above)
2nd: "The Legend of the Wawel Dragon", Mediam Sp. z o.o.
3rd: "Major Tom", LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
1st: "Hey Pachuco", Christopher Short (pictured above)
2nd: "Analogue Slime", Christopher Short
3rd: "Oh So Quiet", Christopher Short
1st: "X-Mas Memories", LOBO (pictured above)
2nd: "The Flower Dance for Ice Arena", Orion-Art Multimedia
3rd: "Skoda Celebration", KVANT Ltd.
There were no entries judged in the Planetarium Show category in 2015.
1st: "Machac Festival", KVANT Ltd. (pictured above)
2nd: "Bazinga", LOBO
3rd: "Queens of the Stone Age, Reading and Leeds Festival 2014", ER Productions
1st: "BMW Mapping", KVANT Ltd. (pictured above)
2nd: "Mercedes", Mediam Sp. z o.o.
3rd: "BMW Lamac", KVANT Ltd.
1st: "Kylie Minogue, Kiss Me Once World Tour", ER Productions (pictured above)
2nd: "Katy Perry, Prismatic World Tour", ER Productions
3rd: "Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, Live with the Colorado Symphony", Lightwave International
1st: "X-Factor Final 2014", ER Productions (pictured above)
2nd: "Stars of Science", LaserTech Canada
3rd: "Kasabian, iTunes Festival 2014", ER Productions
1st: "YouTube Music Awards Ad", Lightwave International (pictured above)
2nd: "Camila", LaserNet
3rd: No 3rd place awarded
1st: "Mechminded", Merlin Schaadt (pictured above)
2nd: "Spiderman Shredder", Merlin Schaadt
3rd: "The Love Arrow (Wedding Show)", Orion-Art Multimedia
1st: "Cairo Children Park", LOBO (pictured above)
2nd: "Lichtmond - The Experience", LOBO
3rd: "The Soul of Baikal Lake", Orion-Art Multimedia
1st: "Light Art in Shower Ocean", LaserLight Magic (pictured above)
2nd: "G20 Summit Laser Interactive and Flag Projection Project", Oracle Liquid
3rd: No 3rd place awarded
Winners selected by ILDA Members viewing photos online and voting via email
1st: "Destructive Observation Field", LaserAnimation SOLLINGER
2nd (tie): "Rybnik - Wdepnjj na Deptak 2014", Visual Sensation Laser Shows and Technologies
2nd (tie): "Sagittarius", LOBO
Performed live, and judged by attendees, at the ILDA Conference's Lase-Off, October 10 2015 in Dubai.
1st: Tim Walsh, Laser Spectacles Inc.
2nd: Lawrence Wright, ER Productions
3rd: Dr. Matthias Frank, Institute of Computer Science 4 (University of Bonn)
Dr. Matthias Frank, Institute of Computer Science 4 (University of Bonn)
Dr. Matthias Frank, Institute of Computer Science 4 (University of Bonn)
Yousri El Gazar, Laseronics Middle East
Derek R. Flickinger, Interactive Homes
1st: "Focus", KVANT Ltd. (pictured above)
The newly developed laser show system allows the user to change the beam divergence and thus the beam width at a projection plane continuously. With this technology new effects in the laser show can be done for example change of a line width in a graphics show, blurring of a line, filling-in of some area, etc. The laser can be permanently refocused into certain distance (projection plane) to get an extra sharp image during the graphic show. This technology can be used for safety application too.
2nd: "LasershowGen", Gitle Mikkelsen
LasershowGen is a low cost ILDA file editor that is designed to be quick and easy to use for everyone.
3rd: "Laser Drone", KVANT Ltd.
An ultra-light laser show system that can be mounted onto a drone and the laser show can be done in the air bringing new possibilities and experiences to the audience.
Honorable Mention: "Virtual Reality Laser Show Simulator (VRLSS), Gitle Mikkelsen
Virtual Reality Laser Show Simulator (VRLSS) is a laser show simulation software (ILDA-file player) for Virtual Reality head-mounted displays, such as the Oculus Rift.
German laserist Dirk Baur started his career in 1989. From the beginning, he was into development of laser peripherals, drivers and power supplies. Very soon, the first galvo scanning systems came out of the workshop of his small company, which soon led to the legendary CATWEAZLE scanners.
In 1996, Dirk became an ILDA Member with his former company, es-Lasersystems. In 1997 he founded MediaLas GmbH, and went further in developing hardware and software for laser entertainment purposes, such as LaserPainter software, super-fast MicroAmp CTi drivers, and many more. MediaLas received several technical and artistic awards for innovations such as the automated RGB color alignment tool of the Infinity show laser projector systems. Dirk owns several patents and trademarks, and has expanded his company to the industrial laser sector.
Dirk was an ILDA board member from 1998 to 2000, and from 2005 to 2009. Between 2005 and 2007, he also served as ILDA President. In the year 2000, MediaLas joined forces with LOBO, to jointly host the 2000 ILDA Conference in Stuttgart.
Voted by the ILDA Membership, via email ballots in September 2015
In 2015, ILDA received 170 artistic and technical entries from 32 different Member companies.
• Most of the artistic entries were judged May 1-2 2015 in Oberschleissheim, Germany by a three-member panel that met for two days of review and voting.
• Photography entries were judged by ILDA Members voting online, June 2-16 2015.
• Fenning technical entries were judged via online discussion of a three-member panel that reached its decision on July 3 2015.
• The Career Achievement Award winner was chosen by ILDA Members voting online September 9-18 2015.
• Laser Jockey entries were viewed and judged by attendees at the Lase-Off during the ILDA Conference on October 10 2015.
The 2015 Artistic judges rated each entry according to four factors: technical competency, artistic competency, quality and variety of effects, and music sync. These were used by the judges in making their final choice of winners.
Below is some information about the entries' scores. This may be of interest to persons who submitted in 2015, as well as those submitting for future Awards:
• The Judges' Rating Spreadsheet lists all of the Artistic Award 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 "AVG. SCORE". This has been color coded, so that green means an entry received an above-average rating, yellow indicates an average rating, and orange & red indicate below-average ratings. The Average Score is used to help determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. (Some entries were disqualified due to safety concerns, which would then move up non-disqualified entries.)
• 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.
Members who entered the 2015 Awards have been emailed their row numbers and entry names. They can match this with the row numbers in the anonymous Judges Rating Spreadsheet, so the Member will know how his or her entries did, relative to others in the same category.
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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