The leading lights of the entertainment production industry attended the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) on Saturday night in Las Vegas, where the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner featuring stunning stage scenery from ModScenes.
Three hundred professionals celebrated as 18 lighting and video designers were 'knighted' for their creative talent in three categories: Theatre, Live for Broadcast, and Concert Touring & Events. In each category, the winners were chosen by a wholly independent panel of judges, every one an expert in their respective sector.
Click through the slideshow for the winning designs. Stay tuned for a gallery of photos of the winners from the evening.
In addition to the design awards, the Paky Lifetime Recognition Award was also presented. Debuting at KOI-USA, this award is named in fond memory of Pasquale 'Paky' Quadri, president and founder of Claypaky. It recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a huge contribution to the world of lighting and visual design.
On this, the 30th anniversary of the LDI exhibition, the KOI committee unanimously decided to name Patricia MacKay as the recipient of the Paky Lifetime Recognition Award for 2018. As founder of the LDI exhibition, and editor and publisher of Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines, the forerunners of Live Design, MacKay was responsible for building the North American entertainment production industry's leading showcase vehicles. As the founder of ETEC, the industry's first online news platform, MacKay was also a pioneer of the digital revolution, and has continued her involvement with the industry as a Fellow of the USITT.
As in the UK, each Knight of Illumination Award winner is presented with a personalized, engraved broadsword and a miniature sword silver lapel pin. The evening was compèred by LDI and Live Design managing director, David Johnson.
KOI-USA was held one month after the 11thannual UK ceremony, held in London, which saw more nominations than ever before and a record attendance of more than 520 guests. See the UK winners here.
Click through the slideshow for the 2018 KOI-USA winning designs. Stay tuned for a gallery of photos of the winners from the evening.