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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.


Arena Tour Lighting

For productions in 10,000+ capacity venues.


Club Tour Lighting

Productions in venues with under 3,000 capacity.


Stage Tour Lighting

Productions in 3,000-10,000 capacity venues.


Concert Video Content

Any size venue.


Event Lighting

Exhibitions, awards, corporate events, installations etc.


Event Video Content

Exhibitions, awards, corporate events, installations etc.


Festival / Specials Lighting

Festivals, on-off (non-touring) shows




Musicals – large venue


Musicals – small venue




Plays – large venue


Plays – small venue


Projection Design


Awards Shows


Best Digital Content


Unscripted Series


Live Performance Special (music)


Live Performance Special (non-music)

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

  • Marcus Graser

  • Sarah Rushton-Read