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Student Competition Committee

Brigid Hardiman, Lightcraft Group
John Delfino, Available Light

Board Advisor:
Shaun Fillion, NYSID | RAB Lighting

Founding Advisor:
Randy Sabedra, RS Lighting Design

Joseph Belfer
, The Lighting Quotient
David del Rosario, WSP USA
Nick DeSordi, Atelier Ten
Rinkinson Gohel, Bliss Fasman Inc
Steven Greenberg, ROYGBIV, Inc.
Linda Leconte, Edison Price Lighting
Kass Negash, W. Allen Engineering PLLC
Craig Young, Ventresca Lighting Designers



IESNYC 2020 Student Lighting Competition

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Sunday, February 23, 2020

The IESNYC is celebrating the 20th year of the Student Lighting Competition on
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 4w43, at 4 West 43rd St, NYC

Students enrolled in an NYC based college or university in
fall or spring semester lighting classes are eligible.


In an ever-expanding universe, light connects and unifies. Beneath the sun’s rays, plants feed, flourish, grow; moonlight guides baby turtles safely from their nests to the sea. Yet, the sun’s harsh rays can burn and blind and moonlight creates space in darkness for danger. Humanity balances between natural and electric light, creating a complex and ever-evolving entropic relationship. Light illuminates our lives but hides our skies; it causes us to evolve, flourish, and decay. This year’s theme, LUMIMORPHOSIS, challenges students to create a 3-dimensional study that utilizes light to capture the competition’s theme. The projects will be viewed by judges and guests in a gallery setting, with the typical maximum viewing range of approximately 3 feet. Most projects are placed on tabletops, are freestanding, or are hung from the ceiling, and typically can be viewed from one side. PLEASE DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS AND FAQS USING THE ABOVE LINK

Prizes include $2,000 for the first place winner, as well as $1,000 for the second place winner, and $500 for third.

Eligibility and Sign-Up

  • Any students attending a design college or university located in the five boroughs of New York City, or the New York counties of the former Mid-Hudson Section (Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, an Westchester) are eligible to submit.
  • During the sign-up process, designate a single member as the group leader. This person will register your entire group. Other members should be listed in the comments of your registration.
  • The prize money is divided equally among all members of the group.
  • Students are allowed to submit one individual project and participate in one group project. A student is allowed to have both an individual and a group submission.
  • The IESNYC will not retain nor request ownership of any submissions. Entries will be on public display. Photographs and video will be taken and published by the IESNYC. Winners’ names, schools, degrees, and instructors will be credited.
  • All submissions will be held by the IESNYC for a public exhibition. All submissions must be picked between 10:00 PM and 11:00 PM on the day of the competition. Any submissions that are not claimed by 11:00 PM on the day of the competition will be discarded.

3-Dimensional Study Projects

  • Projects are limited to 30” wide x 18” deep per person. Projects heights are limited in practicality and mounting method only. Vertical height in the space is limited
    to approximately 12’-0”.
  • Group projects may pool the maximum width of their project. For example, a 3-person group gets a 90” wide x 18” deep surface to display their project.
  • Exceptions can be made to you or your group if you require additional space to implement your project


Submission EXTENDED Deadline: Sunday, February 23, 2020
1. Students must fill out the online application form (see link above)
2. On the day of the competition, students set up entries between 7:30am and 11:30am
3. Students do not present their entries and judging is closed to the public.
4. Students, faculty, and the public return between 6:00pm and 10:00pm for a Reception, Exhibition, Keynote Speaker, and Announcement of the Winners
5. Key Note Speaker and Announcement of Winners begins at 8:00pm
6. Students must pick up their submission at 10:00pm

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


About the IESNYC Student Competition

The IESNYC Student Lighting Competition is dedicated to our founder, Patricia DiMaggio. As an NYC educator and past president of IESNYC, we uphold Patricia’s goals of education, community, and friendly competition. Having grown from 8 students in 2000 to over 200 students today, it is a legacy which will continue to grow with all your support.

One of the goals of the IESNYC is to promote education and greater awareness about the importance of lighting and the Student Competition is one of the contributors towards these efforts. Since 2000, they have invited students from New York City Art and Design schools to participate in a city wide design competition. The competition empowers students to explore light as an art form, demonstrate light as a stimulus, and prove light as a valuable medium. Every year, students in lighting, architecture, interior design, art, product design, photography and electrical engineering programs have submitted projects, resulting in a diverse showcase of ideas and interpretations on a single theme. The IESNYC Student Competition has been incorporated into the curriculum lighting classes in several area schools and has piqued an interest in lighting design of close to a thousand design students to date.