About the Lumen Awards

The Lumen Awards were established in 1968 by the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC) and developed to publicly recognize excellence, professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design with the following distinct award categories:

Lumen Award of Excellence
Highest level of achievement for a permanent architectural application

Lumen Award of Merit
Meritorious achievement for permanent architectural application

Lumen Citation
Special recognition for a permanent or temporary lighting installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, or other work

On June 13, 2019, the IESNYC will announce the winning projects at the annual Lumen Gala held at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Design teams are invited to attend the Lumen Gala and will receive an award statue and certificate. In addition to being featured in the Lumen Journal distributed at the Lumen Gala, the winning projects will be showcased on the IESNYC website and publicized via traditional and social media.

The Lumen Awards program is not associated with the IES Illumination Awards. If you are interested in submitting your project to the IES Illumination Awards, visit ies.org/ia

2019 IESNYC Lumen Awards Project Eligibility

The Lumen Awards is open to any interior or exterior architectural lighting design project completed within two years’ time of the submission deadline. Projects may be re-submitted during the years a project is eligible.

Anyone can enter a project for consideration, but wherever possible, we require the lighting designer responsible for the lighting scheme be credited.

Eligible projects must be designed by a NYC* based designer(s) for a project located anywhere in the world.
The project must be located in NYC* regardless of the location of the designer(s).

* Within the five boroughs of NYC and counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester.

2019 IESNYC Lumen Awards Submission Requirements

Each project entry must include:

1. Project Information: Provide “Lighting Designer’s” contact information credited for the design of the lighting, and the projects general information (such as name, location, type, and completion date).

2. Project Summary: 100-word limit. This summary will be read to the judges and your images will be shown during the first round of judging. Your summary should introduce your project to the Judges and inspire them to accelerate your project to the second round. Download Sample

3. Image Narratives: 300-word limit. The image narratives will be read to the judges during the second round of judging should your project move to a second round. The image narratives should be cued to each image (such as, Image1, Image2, Image3, etc.), and should describe or support the visual content of each image. Download Sample

NOTE: Your Project Summary will be read again during the second round of judging. There is no need to repeat info in your image narratives what’s already in your Project Summary.

4. Digital Images: Up to 10 high-resolution JPEG images (at least 1024px and 768px at 300dpi). Each digital file will be counted as a single image. Digital files with multiple pictures or views or illustrations will be counted as multiple images towards a maximum of 10 images. (Example: one file with two side-by-side views will be counted as 2 images, one file with a picture, a detail, and a section will counted as 3 images, etc.)

5. Video Submission (optional): You may submit an optional digital video file.
• Acceptable files: MOV, M4V or MP4 format
• No Audio allowed
• Digital videos should only be used to demonstrate kinetic, transitional, or animated lighting effects key to the lighting design concept.
• Still images as a slide show are not accepted as a video and will be disqualified.
• Videos must be a maximum of one minute in length. Those that are over one minute will be terminated after one minute of play

6. Entry Fee: Submission fee is $140 per project submission. Fees are not refundable and there is no guarantee of receiving an award or publicity


2019 IESNYC Lumen Awards General Rules

1. Projects must be submitted by Sunday, January 27, 2019. 11:59pm EST

2. Projects are judged anonymously. Therefore, the project summary and cued written image narratives must not include the name of the project, designer names or firms, manufacturer’s name, or branding of commercial products. A project’s location may be included in the submission narrative.

3. Identifying marks on digital images or optional video: The project name or company logo on digital images must be kept to a minimum or be discreet, and when possible, must be blurred or covered. Photographer’s name or copyright labels in images are not allowed. Descriptions or text in videos are allowed, but consider instead, including a “written video narrative” in the project summary or cued written image narrative.

4. It is the responsibility of the submitter to provide accurate information and obtain approval from the project owner, and authorization from the photographer/photo agency to submit the project for competition and publicity purposes.

5. Fill light is prohibited. Images modified or digitally enhanced are prohibited.

6. Award winners grant the IESNYC and Lumen Committee the rights to use narratives and images for competition and publicity purposes in all media.

7. Digital images, project summary, image narratives, and title of winning entries will be chosen or edited at the discretion of the judges. Overall presentation of winning projects for the Lumen Awards Gala may be edited or revised by the Lumen Committee. Whenever possible, the Committee will inform recipients of revisions.


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