Is awarded to those lighting designers who achieve three forms of criteria; 1) the photo meets the minimum requirements established in the Principles of Composition, 2) adequate professional skill is required to develop the lighting scene, and 3) the scene provides a contributory ‘affect’ (experience or feeling) in value to be included as part of the ELLI gallery.
Is awarded to those lighting designers who not only achieve the ‘merit’ award level but surpass it. They are considered exceptional and are listed as “winner” of the designated Landscape Lighting Design category.
Is awarded only to those lighting designers who achieve an exceptional level and are listed as “winner” of the designated Affective Lighting Design category.
Note: Of the three awards offered, the Award of Commendation is the greatest of achievements. It is the most difficult of achievements to effectively reproduce in landscape lighting. Those who do receive this award show the ability to “evoke emotion”. Each type of emotion is different and requires certain lighting applications to achieve. It is for this reason why our work truly is an artform. ELLI is the only Awards Program to recognize ‘affect’ as an important artistic value.
Most lighting designers take many years to become proficient at this artistic ability. It requires extensive experience in the applications of light within natural settings, as well as a full understanding of the psychological impacts light has on humans.
Note on photos shown by ELLI Educators & Advisors:
ELLI educators and advisors are all seasoned landscape lighting professionals whose work is fitting for the various award categories. We have included these works only for presentation within these categories, but each ELLI team member is excluded from winning any awards. Some of these photos may deserve awards, but we wanted to ensure confidence in our awards selection process to not show favoritism in any means.
Our goal is to provide a solid foundation and fair, unbiased means to “judging” work.
*The following list of designers & artists are listed based on when content was collected for this site and there is no order of status between designers or artists. The same applies to country of origin.
Outdoor lighting design was originally developed by Frank B. Nightingale in 1934, but he called it Garden Lighting. His vision and respectful appreciation of nature led him to establish the first, professional trade practice to utilize lighting systems in the outdoors at night. He did so to highlight its beauty, to captivate one’s attention, and to encourage use of these spaces after the day light hours.
In addition to what Nightingale did, he intended for people to ‘experience’ these settings and to remember them. Frank spent many evenings out in nature, so that he could learn the magic of the night. It was this dedication that he was able to provide us early on with the artistic aspects of this craft.
There were three principles that Mr. Nightingale believed in and they were the core elements of his company, Kim Manufacturing Co. They were: Innovation, Education and Uncompromising Quality. I wish to dedicate this site to Frank and his efforts to Educate the public, as well as the profession. His spirit is intended in this site’s offering.
You can learn more about Mr. Nightingale at another site I established at www.frankbnightingale.com. I hope you find it both interesting and inspiring, as his life story is amazing.
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