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Media Information for the 2004 ILDA Conference:



ILDA HONORS WORLD'S BEST LASER SHOWS;
KELLNER ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT

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Las Vegas, Oct. 23, 2004: Members of the International Laser Display Association honored the best and brightest in their industry with awards for outstanding technological, artistic and career achievement at the group’s annual awards banquet Oct. 23 in Las Vegas.

 

Three members take home artistic awards: Alberto Kellner, Laser Entertainment srlL, Italy (left), Alexander Timofeyev,  Orion Art Production Intl., Russia (center) and Patrick Awouters, Laser System Europe, Belgium.

 

 

Companies from America, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Russia received the industry’s equivalent of Hollywood’s “Oscars” for shows that included  outdoor festivals, corporate productions, theme park installations and special events.

This year saw the addition of three new categories recognizing laser displays in nightclubs and discos, lasers displays used in video and film productions, and laser displays used in live stage performances. There was also a new "Best of Show," won by LFI International and Fischer Media Group, honoring what the judges considered to be the most outstanding laser display from among all the winning entries.

LOBO electronic of Germany took the most awards, winning three categories (Best Beams/Atmospherics-multiple scan heads; Best Entertainment Graphics Show, and Best Use of Lasers in Film or Video), and taking Finalist awards in another seven categories. HB-Laser Komponenten, also of Germany, won the Best Beam/Atmospherics-single scan head category and, the Best Nightclub Disco Laser Display category, while Laser Entertainment of Italy took top honors in the Multimedia Show and the Static Composition categories. LFI International and Fischer Media Group won Best use of Lasers in a Live Stage Performance for its  "Surpraser" show in a Korean theme park. The same show also won the new "Best of Show Category."

A total of 16 companies, representing six nations, took home awards in a dozen categories. A complete list of all award winners can be found at: www.laserist.org/Laserist/Awards.html

Product of the Year Awards

In another ILDA first, the association presented its first Product of the Year Awards. Cambridge Technology won Laser Display Hardware Product of the Year for its new generation of laser scanners and amplifiers. The Laser Product of the Year was awarded to Laser Entertainment srl and Laser System Europe for their new "Flash" laser, a whitelight DPSS laser. Laser Visuals Ltd.'s new ScanGuard Laser Show Analyzer program was voted Laser Display Software Product of the Year and also won ILDA's prestigious Fenning Award for technical achievement.

For 2004, ILDA's Advanced Technology Workshop (ATW), held during the group's Oct. 21-24 conference in Las Vegas, was used to select the new Product of the Year Awards. A vote of the members attending the ATW decided the awards, while a special judging panel selected the Fenning Awards. Only those products presented at the ATW were eligible. More information about the winners is available at: www.laserist.org/Laserist/AwardsFenning.html.

Career Achievement Award

ILDA's Career Achievement Award went to Patrick Murphy, a pioneer in laser show software and founder and 15-year president of
Pangolin Laser Systems. The award, presented at the Oct. 23 ILDA Awards Banquet, recognizes the career of one individual who has made an outstanding contribution to laser displays. Murphy's software products played a key role in making it possible for just about anyone to create affordable, professional-quality laser shows. For more details about Murphy, visit www.laserist.org/Laserist/AwardsFenning2.html

New ILDA President

In association news, members elected Alberto Kellner of Laser Entertainment srl as the association's new president. Kellner, from Milan, Italy, is ILDA's first president from outside the US. Kellner said it was a "double honor" to be the first non-US president, and thanked the many American ILDA members who supported him for the position.

ILDA members also elected Craig Nelson, head of ConQuip, Inc./Logic Systems, Inc. in California, to the ILDA Board of Directors. William Benner, president of Pangolin Laser Systems in Florida, was reelected to the board. Benner has served on the board since the 2002 annual meeting. Nelson was first elected to the five-member board at the 1998 meeting conference and served until the 2002 meeting.

In other action, members voted in favor of a new initiative to create a "Professional" category of ILDA membership. The new category is in response to the desire of members to offer additional benefits to companies that have distinguished themselves in the industry. Board member Craig Nelson, along with Christine Jenkin of Laser Production Network, are the first members to join the  committee working to develop the new membership category. They are seeking more members to join the project and develop a proposal for review by the general membership.

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