Detailed instructional video on submission policy & procedures.
Prepare your submittal(s). Each project entry must include:
- Project Summary
Up to a three hundred (300) word maximum narrative is allowed to present a project.
PLEASE NOTE: The names of the designers, the name of the design firm, equipment manufacturers or specific brands is not allowed anywhere in the narrative. Any reference or endorsement of a commercial product is not allowed. Submittals with this information will be dismissed. However, proper names of places (i.e., Waldorf Astoria, Verizon, Target) in each photograph narrative is admissible.
TIP–it’s beneficial to address criteria from the specified category award score sheet. For example, address Energy and Budget if this was a significant challenge or accomplishment. Commenting on these and other factors can help you present a compelling project
Up to 10 high-resolution images (photos, sketches or renderings) per entry will be accepted. Multiple images per slide are allowed, but each image will count towards the maximum allotment of 10. Digital renderings that are identified as such are acceptable—if they are accompanied by a photograph of the actual installation, to demonstrate the actual design and installed results. Each rendering and accompanying photographs will be counted individually. Images must be in JPEG format and at least 1024px wide and 768px high.
PLEASE NOTE: Fill light is prohibited. Images modified or digitally enhanced are prohibited.
TIP–Don’t include 10 images if they don’t help tell a compelling project story; sometimes less is more.
TIP–Photos taken during daylight hours may not adequately present the lighting design.
- Image Narratives
Each image can be described in a 25-word narrative that explains that particular image. This narrative is in addition to the introductory summary for each project.
TIP–Use this to tell the judges what they are seeing. An image without a narrative is difficult to judge.
- OPTIONAL: Video Submission
Video submission must NOT contain any narrative (written, spoken or music). Total video length allowed is a maximum of one (1) minute. Video must be a mov, m4v or mp4 format. Still images as a slide show are not accepted as a video and will be disqualified. You may describe the video in up to 25 words in the video narrative.
TIP–Watch for flicker in your video, which could jeopardize your chance of receiving an award. A video of simple color-changing lighting can appear pretty amateur if it appears more like ‘chase’ lights.
All entry materials, including photos and narratives, can be used without restriction by LD+A, the magazine of the IES. LD+A will have reproduction privileges of photographs and scripts without charge to the Society. IES may use the projects submitted to promote the Society’s programs and services.