Illumination Awards

Boston Section Illumination Awards Gala:
Renaissance Waterfront, 606 Congress St, Boston MA – May 26th, 2022

Cocktail Hour – 5:00pm, Dinner/Awards Ceremony – 7:00pm, After Party – 9:20-12:30pm

We have a strong design community in our region with a history of producing truly world-class work. The Illumination Awards provide an opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry against specific criteria. The judging system is based entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria. The program is open to any qualified entrant without limitations as to professional affiliations. There are four parallel programs:

                • Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design sponsored by Edwin F. Guth
                • Illumination Award for Outdoor Lighting sponsored by Cooper Lighting Solutions
                • Illumination Award for Control Innovation sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association
                • Illumination Award for Energy and Environmental Lighting Design

You can download the Boston Section Illumination Awards Guidelines [PDF 36KB] for more information.

Illumination Awards entries are typically submitted in the middle of January and culminate with our Illumination Awards Gala in May where we celebrate with our colleagues achievements of the past year.  Whether you are a considering the Illumination Awards for the first time or are a veteran, we encourage you to contact our Illumination Awards Co-Chair, Jennifer Pierce or Barrett Newell if you have any questions.

For any questions or comments relating to the Illumination Awards Gala, please email [email protected] and you will receive a prompt response!

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