The judging is carried out by three panels of industry experts in conjunction with prestigious industry organisations the ALD and the STLD.

Concert Touring & Events Judges

Claire Beeson

Editor, LSi magazine

Claire has worked on Light & Sound International (LSi) for the past decade, becoming its editor in spring 2017. With a wide-ranging knowledge of the industry, she regularly attends international shows and events representing both PLASA and LSi, and is a member of the organising committee for the prestigious Showlight lighting conference.

What do you look for in a lighting/video design?
“For me, whatever the budget, the best lighting and video designs add an extra dimension to an artist’s work for the live environment, whilst not over-shadowing the performance on stage.”

Jess Allan

(CT&E Chair) Owner Productionomics Ltd

20 years in the employment of leading lighting (Martin & Chroma-Q) and staging / scenic (TAIT) manufactures, has given Jessica unique access and insight to designers utilising technology for their artistic visions. She now passionately documents concert productions with her company Productionomics, as well as a committee member of Showlight. An advocate of lighting designers being recognised as artists in the wider artistic world.

What do you look for in a lighting/video design?
“Synergy with the music, scenic and other visual elements. Appreciation of attention to detail and subtleties. Challenges overcome, be it from the artist (the type or artist or their specific requests), budget, technology, other creatives involved.”

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David Smyth

Chief Rock & Pop Critic, London Evening Standard

As chief Rock & Pop critic at the London Evening Standard since 2002, David’s been to more concerts than most. He’s been published in The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Q, MixMag, Muzik and M (the PRS magazine) as well as being interviewd on 6Music, BBC London and LBC.

From 2010 to 2012 David was one of twelve judges on the Mercury Prize panel and is co-author of the Rough Guides’ boopk: ‘The Best Music You’ve Never Heard’.

Kelly Murray

Editor, TPI magazine

Ex-music critic turned live event production journalist/editor, Kelly is forever on the move; in a field, on a tour or writing on a form of public transport… The entertainment technology industry has another permanent crew member.

What do you look for in a lighting/video design?
“Innovation regardless of budget. Unassuming technical creativity & immersivity. I like to be drawn in & gradually exposed to the inner-workings of a designer’s thought process via technology”

Jonny Milmer

Head of Lighting Design, Imagination

Over 20 years of lighting design experience encompassing everything from Live music, one-off televised events through to opera and permanent installation he has an incredibly broad range of experience. Working at Imagination for 10 years, one of the world’s largest experiential design agencies, Jonny has been leading the lighting design team there for 5 years on a diverse and extraordinary array massive spectacular shows and events.

What do you look for in a lighting/video design?
“I’m always looking for designer’s work to look cohesive and form a united design approach with the whole show design. Lighting design should complement and enhance, not distract and fragment the complete design of a show. Work should be elegant, considered, and inspirational.”

Christopher Knowlton

Director, 18 Degrees

Christopher is an award-winning lighting designer and Director of 18 Degrees, an independent lighting design studio based in London. He plays an active role in the International Association of Lighting Designers, IALD and serves as the UK regional coordinator. He is also chair of the advisory panel for the Enlighten Conferences 2018, which is regarded amongst one of the most influential lighting conferences in the world.

What do you look for in a lighting/video design?
Having seen the KOI awards go from strength to strength over the years it’s great to see the quality of the entries is always high. I love to see and experience the way lighting designers from different disciplines work with the medium of light. I hope that my experience in architecture and the built environment can bring a fresh perspective to the panel. “

Jo Beirne

Account Manager, Coloursound Experiment

Before joining Colour Sound in 2017, Jo worked at XL Video for over 15 years where she project managed and co-ordinated video worldwide for internationally acclaimed touring acts including The Killers, James Blunt, The Kaiser Chiefs and more.

Jo has vast knowledge and experience of live entertainment production and over the years built great relationships with emerging music talent, designers and creatives.

What do you look for in a lighting/video design?
First and foremost, I look for lighting and video that makes a connection between the audience and the artist; helping emphasise and highlight those moments that bring everyone in the crowd together. For the lighting itself, it’s all about effective layering and it always helps if the fixtures are used dynamically with impeccable timing.