The LDI 2015 Awards for Best Booth Design and Best Debuting Products Of The Year were presented in an awards ceremony at 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 24 on the LDI show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Last year, the Paky Award was founded in honor of Mr. Pasquale “Paky” Quadri, one of the leaders of the international lighting industry who passed away last year, and was the honorary recipient of the first “Paky” award presented during LDI 2014. This award will be presented annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to technology in the industry. This year’s award was given to Fred Foster.
The award for Best Small Booth Design went to Dazian for their creative use of their products, maximizing a small space to look vastly larger. Paul Grider accepted the award.
The award for Best Creative Use of Light went to Lightwave International for their use of their Lixel and Phantom lasers incorporating the Parasol rotating truss system. George Dodworth could not accept since he just had a baby, so Brian Bourgeois accepted in his place.
The award for Best Product Display went to GLP for a visually stunning lightshow that featured the entire range of GLP product perfectly and programmed by Matt Shimamoto. Mark Ravenhill and Matt Shimamoto accepted the award.
The award for Best Large Booth Design went to Blizzard Lighting for their use of ModTruss to create an efficiently complex booth structure. Will Komassa of Blizzard and Patrick Santini of ModTruss accepted the award.
Best Debuting Products
There were so many great products this year that there were honorable mentions in several categories, which were not given lightly.
Best Debuting Product: Widget
Two honorable mentions in the Widget category:
RC4 Wireless for the RC4 Magic DMX Pix, which solves the problem of DMX universes when pixel-mapping.
And Enttec’s LED Mapper for changing the process of mapping
LED sources on to a vector curve.
TMB’s Pro Plex EZ-LAN Unity 20 won the Widget category for its ease of use, extensive feature set, and effortless scalability, allowing the set-up of complex networks with utmost reliability, speed, and flexibility. Colin Waters accepted the award.
Best Debuting Product: Special Effects
The award went to Lightwave International, Inc. for the Lixel, which has expanded laser design to new levels of color and dimensionality. Brian Bourgeois accepted the award.
Best Debuting Product: Staging And Rigging
The Best Staging and Rigging product went to PRG for the GroundControl Remote Followspot System, which advances the cause of staging and rigging in the concert industry by offering the possibility of removing spot operators from trusses forever, and continuing the efforts to make our industry safer. Chris Conti accepted the award.
Best Debuting Product: Projection
There were two honorable mentions in the projection category.
The first went to Shenzhen Qianzhan Vision Electron Technology Co. Ltd. for iMira, for its unique form factor and for your very stylish presentation.
The second honorable mention went to Dataton WATCHOUT 6 for bringing sophisticated projection mapping capabilities to their popular software suite.
And the winner in the projection category was Christie, Inc. for the Boxer 30K Projector. This tight package with 6 light engines redefines the large format projector into a smaller, compact product. Helmut Protte accepted the award.
Best Debuting Product: Lighting
There were two honorable mentions in the Lighting category: The first went to Elation Professional FLX for pushing innovation and affordability with the courage to provide attendees with a side-by-side demonstration at the show.
The second honorable mention went to GLP’s new additions to the X4 family of fixtures, as they provide new and innovative solutions based on the X4 color system
There were two winners for Best Debuting Lighting Products:
The ARRI Sky Panel S-60-C for a feature-rich soft-light that gives directors of photography and gaffers flexibility, with a well-built fixture and beam quality, and an intensity that impressed the judges. John Gresch accepted the award.
And the second lighting product winner was Clay Paky’s Spheriscan for making the scanner fixture relevant again and moving the state of the art in reflected beam fixtures by several orders of magnitude. Pio Nahum, Frencesco Romagnoli, and Ben Saltzman accepted the award.