• Enter the 2021 ILDA Awards

  • Enter the 2021 ILDA Awards

The deadline for entering the 2021 ILDA Awards has passed. Thanks to everyone who entered.

  • If you entered on or before Monday, May 31 but you are NOT on the list below, contact ILDA as soon as possible.
  • Each entrant should have received an email confirmation after ILDA has received the entry. Often this email will ask for other information. If you entered and are on the list below but did not receive any email confirmation or questions, contact ILDA as soon as possible.
  • A few entrants have not yet renewed their 2021 ILDA dues. If you are not sure of renewing, log into ildamember.com and check that you are a 2021 Member. Non-member entries will not be judged and/or will not be eligible for an ILDA Award.
  • We received 134 video entries (does not count Laser photography) this year. This is a 21% drop in entries, compared with the 170 video entries last year.

As of June 12 2021 at 12:30 pm Eastern
All entries have been reviewed. A few entries will not go to judges due to safety concerns; the Member entrant has been notified. All remaining entries are going to judging.

Scott Barnhill
Copernicus Science Centre
Dynamic FX
ER Productions
Greenwave Interactive
Illuminatus Lasers (+Tech)
Image Engineering
Innovative Lasers
Marco Inselvini
Laser entertainment srl
Laserimage AB
Laser Light Magic
Lasershow Creation
Laser Show Design
Laser Show Ware
Laser Spectacles
LaserTech Canada
Seb Lee-Delisle
Lightdiction (Tech)
William Loftus
Orion-Art Multimedia
Precision Lasers
Theo Petrides
Nisha Ramnath
Christopher Short
Super FX
UniBonn (Tech)
Visual Sensation
Igor Vlasenko
Lewie Wilkinson


  • No new nominations for 2021. Persons from 2020 who were not voted in will be re-nominated this year as per our normal procedures.

The remainder of this page is left for reference, even though the Awards Entry deadline has already passed.

We invite ILDA Members to enter the 2021 ILDA Artistic and Technical Awards, and to make nominations for persons to receive the Career Achievement Award. And for non-members, we also invite entries in the ILDA Digital Network category for technical advancements related to the IDN standard or development. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2021 as detailed below.

Winners will be honored at the ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation, during the 2021 ILDA Conference.

2015 ILDA Awards - Dubai

ILDA Award winners and guests at the 2015 ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation in Dubai, hosted by Abdulwahab Baghdadi, 3rd Dimension EvenTech

About the ILDA Awards

The ILDA Awards recognize creative achievement in laser displays, promote and publicize ILDA and its Members, and establish credibility for the artistic medium of laser light. Since the ILDA Awards were instituted in 1988, there have been over 1300 total winners (Artistic and Technical awards), won by almost 150 different companies and individuals. Also, there have been 20 winners of ILDA's highest honor, the Career Achievement Award.

To get an example of what the Awards are like, see the page for our most recent 2020 ILDA Awards.

Entry categories

  • Artistic Awards: There are 18 Artistic categories, such as "Corporate Show" or "Abstract Show". You may submit up to three entries per category, with a total limit of 23 Artistic entries.
  • Fenning Technical Awards: These are named for the late Fred Fenning, a pioneer in early laser light show development. There are two Technical categories: one for general laser show technologies and one for ILDA Digital Network technologies. The IDN category is the only ILDA Award category where non-members can submit entries. Members may submit up to three general entries and up to three IDN entries; non-members may submit up to three IDN entries.
  • Career Achievement Award: Each year we ask Members for nominations of persons for the Career Achievement Award. The nominees can be Members or non-members. The nominations are later voted upon by ILDA Members to choose the CAA recipient.

Submitting entries

  • Artistic Award entries: You will submit one overall Artistic Award Entry Form with basic information such as your company contact info. You will also submit an Entry Spreadsheet where you list detailed information on each of your Artistic entries. For each Artistic entry, you will submit a video or photograph. If any entries depict laser light on or near persons, you also must submit documentation of the entry's safety.
  • Fenning Technical Award entries: For each Technical entry, you will submit a Technical Award Entry Form, plus optional supporting files such as videos, photos, manuals, etc. Note that each Technical entry has its own Entry Form. If any entries depict laser light on or near persons, you also must submit documentation of the entry's safety.
  • Career Achievement Award: You will email to ILDA the name or names of persons you feel have had a distinguished, outstanding career in the laser light show field. We also ask for a brief biography or description of why they deserve this honor.

2021 key dates

Entry eligibility period

Entries must have been finished and documented between October 1, 2019 and May 31, 2021. Note that this is a longer period than normal, due to the widespread shutdown of events and laser shows beginning mid-March 2020. So we are allowing shows done in the last three months of 2019, in addition to our normal eligibility period of January 1 in the Award year until the Award entry deadline the next year.

Entries must be new to the ILDA Awards. Entries entered for the 2020 ILDA Awards (or any previous year) cannot be re-entered this year.

Entry deadline

The deadline for all entries is Monday, May 31, 2021. The entries must be uploaded (or for CAA nominations, emailed) to ILDA by 11:59 pm your local time.

This is a hard deadline. We do not accept late entries, except in extraordinary cases such as unforeseen severe weather or accidents. “We got really busy” or “a show booked at the last minute” are NOT acceptable reasons for late entries. If you have any problems meeting our deadline, contact us BEFORE the deadline.

Entry rules and procedures

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You should follow the rules and procedures listed below as closely as possible.

We know there are many rules and a lot of text. We are sorry, but this is due to us having many categories, to us needing your help to make the entries manageable, and to problems in the past causing (many) new rules to be developed.

We will be flexible when appropriate

We want to be consistent and fair to all entrants. If necessary, we will assist entrants – especially those entering for the first time, or from non-English speaking countries, or with limited resources – so they can comply to the best of their ability to our rules. Outside conditions such as the COVID-19 pandemic can also affect how rules are applied.

Our overall goal is to benefit Members and ILDA. For this reason, ILDA retains the right to be flexible in applying the rules. Such flexibility may vary from Member to Member depending on individual situations and capabilities. We also retain the right not to be bound by past years’ rule interpretations since conditions may change, we may have made mistakes or misapplied rules in the past, we may have been too harsh or too lenient in the past, etc. We will strive to be consistent, but sometimes fairness dictates that past mistakes or misapplied rules not be repeated.

Enter the 2021 ILDA Awards


If an entry is required to provide safety documentation

The section below is for Artistic and Technical Award entries that depict laser light on humans (e.g. an audience or performers), or near to humans, or in an area where an audience might be (such as an empty tradeshow floor or an empty auditorium). Such entries are required to provide safety documentation.

Questions, comments and suggestions

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, etc. regarding the ILDA Awards, contact ILDA. If necessary you can also contact the Awards Committee chair directly. For 2021 the chair is Richard Gonsalves. His contact information can be found in the online list of ILDA Members.

For more information, visit our other ILDA websites:

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ILDAmember.com: Membership database and event management, including joining ILDA
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LasershowSafety.info: Information about safe laser shows, including laws, regulations, checklists, and more

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