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The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) is the ultimate showcase of entertainment lighting and video design work. The Awards take place in the UK and in the USA and judging at each is conducted by three, wholly independent panels of industry experts.

 

The next annual Knight of Illumination Awards USA ceremony and gala dinner will be held on the Friday, November 22 in Las Vegas alongside the LDI show.

Since its conception in 2007 KOI has continued to grow in stature and is now the most credible and sought after industry awards to celebrate lighting, projection and digital content design for entertainment. KOI-USA recognises work broadcast or performed in the United States across the fields of Theatre, Live Broadcast and Concert Touring & Events.

The Knight of Illumination Awards were conceived by lighting designer Durham Marenghi and his wife Jennie Marenghi in partnership with the Italian lighting manufacturer Claypaky – which to this day continues to support the awards as headline sponsor.

The awards and annual ceremony are managed by The Fifth Estate and Live Design International (LDI) on behalf of the KOI committee. We welcome nominations from, and for, everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race, religion, belief, identity, disability or sexual orientation.

CONCERT & EVENTS

Design awards for concerts and events that originated and took place in the United States between 1 August, 2019 and July 31, 2020

 

Arena Lighting

Lighting design for a show held in a 10,000+ capacity venue

 

Club Lighting

Lighting design for a show held in a venue with under 3,000 capacity

 

Stage Lighting

Lighting design for a show held in a 3,000-10,000 capacity venue

 

Festival Headliner

Festival headline shows, designed with a non-festival house rig

 

Concert Production Design

Production/scenic design for a concert performance or concert tour, any capacity venue

 

Event Lighting Design

Lighting design for an exhibition, corporate event, installation, etc.

 

Event Production Design

Production/scenic design for a corporate event or product activation, any capacity venue

 

Digital & Video Content

content created for a concert or event, any capacity venue

 

 

Event Lighting

Exhibitions, awards, corporate events, installations etc.

 

THEATRE

Design awards for dance, musicals, opera, and plays that originated and took place in the United States between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020

 

Dance

Lighting design created for dance, no venue capacity requirement

 

Musicals

Lighting design for a musical, no venue capacity requirement

 

Opera

Lighting design created for an opera, no venue capacity requirement

 

Plays

Lighting design created for a play, no venue capacity requirement

 

Video & Projection Design

Digital content created for a musical, theatre, opera, or dance piece

LIVE FOR BROADCAST

Design award for live televised broadcasts originated and aired in the United States between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020

 

Unscripted Series

Lighting design for unscripted television series, such as The VoiceAmerican Idol, and Cuomo Prime Time

 

Live Performance Special (Music)

Lighting design for a live televised music performance, such as MTV Push episode featuring Billie Eilish, Amazon Prime Day Concert, and Kelly Clarkson’s US Open Opening Night Performance.

 

Live Performance Special (Non-Music)

Lighting designed for a televised live performance, such as Bethesda E3 Showcase, and the Funeral of Former President George H.W Bush

 

Digital Content

Digital Content created for a television show

 

Awards Shows Lighting 

Lighting design for a televised awards show

 

Awards Shows Production/Scenic Design

Production or scenic design for a televised awards show

The  Paky  Lifetime  Recognition  Award

Each  year,  The  Paky  Lifetime  Recognition  Award  is  presented  to  an individual  whose  passion  for  the industry  has  gone  above  and   beyond  the  call  of  duty,  in  turn  benefiting  their  colleagues,  the  industry,  and  the  wider  world.

The  Award  is  named  in  appreciation  of  Claypaky’s  role  in  the  creation of  the  Knight  of  Illumination  Awards.

The KOI committee (alphabetically)

  • Jess Allan

  • David Benedict

  • Coral Cooper

  • Bernie Davis

  • Marcus Doshi

  • John Featherstone

  • Rick Fisher

  • Stuart Gain

  • Kerstin Hovland

  • David Johnson

  • Ellen Lampert-Gréaux

  • Anne Militello

  • Peter Mumford

  • Richard Pilbrow

  • Jeff Ravitz

  • Marian Sandberg

  • Clifton Taylor

  • Ross Williams

Executive Committee members (alphabetically)

  • Durham Marenghi

  • Jennie Marenghi

  • Sarah Rushton-Read