ALPD Awards 2023

We are now welcoming submissions for our Awards for Excellence for 2023.

This year, there are 3 awards being presented as part of the “ALPD Awards for Excellence” scheme. But in a major change from last year, only the Michael Northen award will be presented to early career lighting designers. The other two awards are for mid-career professional production electricians and programmers awarded through a nomination process.

The Michael Northen Award
This award is sponsored by Go Live Theatre Projects.

Michael Northen was the first credited Lighting Designer in the UK and his work on “The Mousetrap” can still be seen in the West End today.

The winner of this award will receive a £500 cash prize, a 512 ETCnomad™ Package, a Vectorworks licence for 12 months  and a 6-month mentoring scheme with an  industry professional to run alongside the initial stage of their career. The winner will also receive a copy of Michael’s book – “Northen Lights”.

Download information for the Michael Northen Award here.

The Fred Foster Award for Excellence in Production Electrics
This Award is sponsored by ETC and dedicated to the late ETC CEO, Fred Foster.

The winner of this award will receive an engraved trophy kindly supplied by ETC

See further information about the Fred Foster Award and fill out the nomination form here.

The ALPD Award for Excellence in  Programming
This award is sponsored by ETC

The winner of this award will receive an engraved trophy kindly supplied by ETC.

See information for the ALPD Award for Excellence in Programming Award and fill out the nomination form here.

All winners will be invited to the annual Lighting Showcase at Royal Central School for lighting and production professionals within the live entertainment sector, where they will be presented with their awards.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and network with designers, chief and production electricians, engineers, programmers and of course suppliers and our sponsors.

Entries will open on 23rd June and all submissions and nominations MUST be received before the closing date – Tuesday 31st October at Midnight!

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 the email address.

There are also the “Student ALPD” and “ALPD” Facebook groups which are filled with both young and long-established professionals 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 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.

Please note that by submitting to the competition, you accept that all relevant personal and contact information may be made accessible to the organisers, The Association for Lighting Production and Design executive and where applicable, the judging panel. This extends to all future press releases and media produced in response to The Association for Lighting Production and Design Awards 2023.