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

Television Judges

Stuart Gain

Chair and Lighting Director, Struck by Lighting

After 20 years at Thames Television, Stuart launched Struck by Lighting. Stuart has been the Chair of the STLD since 2007.

Stephen Neal

Live Studio / OB Director, BBC Television

After 10 years as a News Director, Stephen now works as a Studio and Outside Broadcast director on The One Show (since pilots), Film 2010-present, Arctic Live, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Weekend, Building Cars Live 2015, World’s Busiest Railway 2015, Rip Off Britain Live, Airport Live, Eurovision 2013-present, Springwatch (3 series), Autumnwatch, Volcano Live, Stargazing Live (3 series), Watchdog (3 series), A Night with the Stars (Prof Brian Cox Lecture) and others.

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Rachel Cooke

Television Critic, The New Statesman

Rachel Cooke is an award winning journalist. She is a writer and columnist at the Observer, and is the television critic of the New Statesman. Her essays have been broadcast on Radio 3. Her book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, is published by Virago.

Jane Shepherd

Art Director

Jane started her career as a design assistant for the BBC. She soon became an Art Director and worked across a whole range of programme output from small, low budget productions to 35mm feature films shot on location. In 1997, Jane left the BBC and is now a freelance Art Director.

John O’ Brien

Lighting Director

John trained and worked as a Photographer/ Cameraman in Educational TV and then as a Studio Camera Operator and Lighting Director at Thames Television before going freelance. As well as working in studios, hes worked on outside broadcasts, events, light entertainment, sports and drama. Accolades include an R.T.S. award for Technique and the KOI for Drama in 2009.