Submissions will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.  Please note that there will be a reduced fee for early submissions this year, so we encourage all participants to submit their project before the early submission deadline on February 2.  The last day for all submissions will be February 12.  

  • Early Submissions $150 fee (January 2 - February 2)
  • Final Submissions $200 fee (February 3 - 12)

For more information regarding the program, please refer to the Illumination Awards homepage.


The IES Illumination Awards (formerly the International Illumination Design Awards) provides a unique opportunity for public recognition of professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based upon the individual merit of each entry judged against specific criteria.

Judges are selected from a broad professional spectrum that represents knowledge of lighting and design excellence. The judging system is based entirely on how well the lighting design does or does not meet the program criteria. This program is not a competition. The program is open to any qualified entrant without limitations as to professional affiliations. The Lighting Control Innovation Award, the Guth Award, the Outdoor Lighting Design Award, the Cutler Award and the Energy and Environmental Design Award are parallel programs created to recognize outstanding lighting design.