The ILDA Awards
Since 1988, ILDA has held an awards program for members. There are three main judging categories:
The Awards began in 1988. The most recent Awards year as of this writing is 2010. This reflects 22 years the Awards have been given. Over these 22 Awards years, there have been a total of 824 Artistic and Technical award winners. This is an average of 37 winners each year.
Ninety different ILDA Member companies and individuals have won Awards. Those who have won 20 or more ILDA artistic and technical Awards from 1988 through 2010, are:
You can get a full listing of all ILDA Award winners. The data is available as two PDF tables (alphabetical and numeric ranking), and as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
You can also get a list of winners by years. Use the menu on the left side of this page to select "The ILDA Awards / Past winners", then choose your desired year.
The Awards process begins, usually in the summer of each year, with members submitting entries. For Artistic awards, documentation is in the form of the actual laser show (on ADAT or computer file), or as a videotape of the show. For Technical entries, written documentation is crucial, along with an optional videotape showing how the product works.
The Artistic awards are cataloged and prepared for the three-judge Artistic award panel. Historically, judges have been selected both from outside the laser industry (giving an outsider, audience opinion) and from inside (giving a knowledgeable insider's perspective). It is a day-long process for judges to watch the shows in each category. The discussion is often lively. Judges generally award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, plus sometimes Honorable Mention. However, judges do not need to give a placement if they feel no entries are deserving.
The Fenning Awards for Technical Achievement go through a similar process, with a different three-judge panel. (For some years after 2004, an additional technical category was added. This consists of products presented at the annual Advanced Technology Workshop meeting. ILDA members who attend the workshop vote for the Hardware, Software and Laser products of the year.)
The Career Achievement Award has a different
entry and judging process. The process has changed over the years. In some
years, the Awards Committee and Board of Directors come up with nominees. In
other years, nominees come from ILDA Members. Once nominated, the
nominees or their sponsors provide a biography. Then, a three-judge panel reviews the nominees and
chooses a winner. For various reasons, the CAA was not given between the years
1994 and 2003.
HOW AWARDS ARE PRESENTED (THE AWARDS BANQUET)
The awards are presented each year at the Awards Banquet, held during the annual ILDA Conference. Selected winners are shown -- usually the first place entries, and laser entries. All winners come up to receive their awards and briefly speak.
First place winners receive a trophy in the shape of the ILDA logo. Winners of 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention receive smaller trophies or plaques.
In many years, a videotape or DVD is prepared of the winning entries. This helps those who cannot attend the Awards Banquet to see the best in the industry.