ILDA Special Achievement Award recipients

The Special Achievement Award is given for significant achievements that are not already sufficiently covered by existing ILDA Award categories.

The format of the award is "Special Achievement Award for (name of achievement)." The name of the achievement will of course vary, such as "for Cultural Enhancement" or "for Community Service" or "for Charitable and Fundraising Efforts".

It does not have to be given every year. In fact, as of 2021 it has only been given twice — once in 2013 and once this year.

The SAA is normally awarded to a current ILDA Member, although in rare cases there may be past Members or persons outside ILDA whose work deserves recognition.

An SAA can be suggested or nominated by anyone, but must be voted on by the ILDA Board with the advice of the Chair of the ILDA Awards Committee. This is a Board award.

More information on the Award criteria is on the Judging guidelines and procedures page; scroll down to the ILDA Special Achievement Award section.

Recipients are listed below. Click the gray bar with the person’s name for more information about them.

Special Achievement Award for Cultural Recognition


Awarded for exceptional merit in using laser display to celebrate India's heritage, and to prepare the next generation by introducing a course on laser art and animation and establishing the Manick Sorcar Laser Animation Laboratory at Jadavpur University.

Special Achievement Award for Documenting Lasershow History


Awarded for creating the feature-length documentary "Laserium, The Gods of Light." This labor of love traces the rise, and fall, and rise again of commercial laser light shows, focusing on pioneers Ivan Dryer and Elsa Garmire — who are not widely known to the general public — and the company they founded, Laser Images Inc.

For more information, visit our other ILDA websites:

Stacks Image 11369 Membership database and event management, including joining ILDA
Stacks Image 11372 Information about safe laser shows, including laws, regulations, checklists, and more

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