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                    Welcome to the IES Illumination Awards Submission Site

The IES Illumination Awards (IA) program recognizes individuals for professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry. Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum representing knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is entirely based on how well the lighting design meets the program criteria. The Illumination Awards program is not a competition. 2022 marks the 49th anniversary of the IES lighting awards program. We strongly recommend that applicants read through the eligibility/entry rules and FAQs before submitting to the program. 

Submissions are now open!


The IES Illumination Awards are comprised of four parallel program categories:

The Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design sponsored by Edwin F. Guth, the Illumination Award for Outdoor Lighting Design sponsored by Cooper Lighting Solutions, the Control Innovation Award sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association and the Energy and Environmental Design Award are parallel programs created to recognize outstanding lighting design. 

Projects receive levels of recognition attained by consensus judge scores. The award levels are Section Awards, Awards of Merit, Special Citation, Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction. 

The highest level Society Award recipients will be honored at the Illumination Awards Gala.   

*If you are interested in submitting a project for the IES New York City Section's Lumen Awards, you must use their separate portal. Click here to submit to the Lumen Awards. Submitting to the IA program will not enter your project in the Lumen Awards program.