ALPD Awards for Excellence

After some careful consideration, we have decided that there is no fair way to run this years ALPD Awards (2021). 

Aside from the trauma and disruption many students and early-stage practitioners have faced in the last year or so, we feel the standard of work available to offer up in a “competition” setting differs hugely between those at conservatoires accessing high-quality visualisation techniques through to amateur technicians and designers who have been unable to practice their craft.

All those who would have applied this year will be welcomed next year; hopefully with a level of portfolio submission they are more comfortable presenting. 

Here’s to the ALPD Awards 2022! 


In a typical year there are three awards and these are presented to current students (not just those on vocational theatre courses) and recent graduates, even if they are not currently a member, and who have demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting and/or video designs.

The Michael Northen Award for Excellence in Lighting Design

(sponsored by the Mousetrap Foundation & Vectorworks UK)

The first credited lighting designer in the UK was Michael Northen for his design of “The Mousetrap” which can still be seen in the West End today.

This award is presented in his honour and the winning lighting designer will receive a £250 cash prize, a 1-year Vectorworks license alongside pairing with industry contacts to help answer your questions around the initial stages of your career.

The winner will also receive a copy of Michael’s book – “Northen Lights”


The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics

This Award is dedicated to the late ETC CEO, Fred Foster.

The winner of this award will receive a £250 cash prize, a subscription to Moving Light Assistant, 1-year’s subscription to the Association’s PLI insurance and pairing with industry contacts to help answer your questions around the initial stages of your career.


The Blue-i Theatre Technology Award for Excellence in Video Design

(sponsored by Blue-i Theatre Technology)

The winner of this award will receive a £500 prize, a £1,250 hire credit towards their first commercial venture*, and pairing with industry contacts to help answer your questions around the initial stages of your career.


By taking part in this year’s ALPD Awards for Excellence, you are bringing yourself and your work to the attention of experienced professionals on the judging panel. The act of winning will see your work publicly showcased through a series of press releases within industry media outlets including the ALPD’s bi-monthly journal; FOCUS!


However, the taking part is just as important. Invaluable feedback on your portfolio will see you creating a more professional impression to stand you in good stead of not only winning in future years but gaining the best work available through the most insightful presentation of your work and abilities.


Winners will be announced later in the year and there will be a ceremony to present the prizes at the annual “Lighting Lunch” – a Christmas dinner for lighting and video professionals working within the live entertainment sector.

This is a fantastic opportunity to network with designers, chief and production electricians, engineers, programmers and of course suppliers such as Hawthorn, White Light, Blue-I Media, AC-Entertainment, SLX Media and PRG XL Video. 

If you have any further questions or require any help and/or advice creating your digital portfolio, please don’t hesitate to get in contact via email

There is also both the Student ALPD and “Association for Lighting Production and Design” Facebook pages which are filled with professionals and possibly further competitors who will all be able to help with ideas and/or suggestions for your entry.

It is imperative that all submissions strictly conform to the regulations set out in the document above. The judging panel aim to provide feedback on all submissions where possible with a view for unsuccessful applicants to develop your portfolios for future professional use, as well as re-submitting the following year.