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 Avalon Lighting Design Submissions:
I wanted to let ELLI visitors know that all photos shared by Avalon Lighting Design within each category are purposefully not “awarded” any awards. My reasoning to do so is because I did not want any participating landscape lighting designer to feel like there was any favoritism with any of my works.
However, because I developed the ELLI program to measure excellence, I do feel Avalon has merit in helping others to understand the subtleties of landscape lighting design. Therefore, I will continue to share my works in these categories, as it may benefit all.