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SLL Young Lighter of the Year

Entry for the 2018 competition is now open!

Applicants need to be under the age of 30 on 11 May 2018 and the competition is open to anyone with an interest in light and lighting. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world and we invite papers on any lighting related topic.


Young Lighter of the Year Award 2017 


The Competition, now in its 24th year, provides a high profile opportunity to help promote younger members of lighting related professions. The competition provides a unique platform for young lighters giving them the opportunity to illustrate their knowledge and research on a lighting subject, hone their presentation skills, and raise their profile within the industry. 

Click here for your 2018 entry form

Important dates:

  • Closing date for entry – 11 May 2018
  • Shortlist announced - 1 June 2018
  • Closing date to submit written papers - 17 August 2018
  • Finalists notified – 19 October 2018
  • Finalist presentations –LuxLive exhibition, 15 November 2018 in one of their lecture theatres.
  • Winner announced at Lux Awards, 15 November 2018.

Click here to view the flyer for the 2018 competition

Take a look at some of the previous finalists' video presentations via the links below:

By entering, you have an opportunity to join previous winners including Seda Kacel, Christopher Knowlton, Sabine De Schutter, Rachael Nicholls, Janna Aronson, Youmna Abdallah and Sofia Tolia with the prestigious title of Young Lighter of the Year.


SLL Young Lighters - Left: Matt Hanbury (2017), Sofia Tolia (2016), Youmna Abdallah (2015)
Right: Janna Aronson (2014), Rachael Nicholls (2013), Sabine de Schutter (2012)


The Young Lighter of the Year competition provides a high profile opportunity to help promote younger members within lighting related professions.

If you have any questions about entering the 2018 competition, please contact us at sll@cibse.org

Matt Hanbury wins SLL Young Lighter of the Year 2017

The finals of the SLL Young Lighter of the Year 2017 took place at LuxLive on 16th November 2017. After much deliberation, the judges awarded the prize for Best Written Paper to Amir Nezamdoost for his paper, A New Manual Blind Use Pattern for Annual Energy and Daylight Simulations.


Matt Hanbury presents at the Young Lighter of the Year finals at LuxLive 2017


For the first time, the Society invited the audience to participate in judging the winner Best Presented Paper, which was given to Matt Hanbury for his paper, Ultra-thin Surface Light Sources: Picking up where OLED stalled. Following his success at the finals, Matt was then awarded the SLL Young Lighter of the Year 2017 at the Lux Awards.


SLL Young Lighter of the Year, Matt Hanbury receiving his award at the Lux Awards (centre), with SLL President Richard Caple to his right, Young Ligher judge Mark Sutton Vane to his left and presenting the award, Gethyn Williams from Amerlux (right).


See the 2017 finalists below;

Seren Dincel - City Lighting in Scandinavia - Design Approach and Methodology

Matt Hanbury - Ultra-Thin Surface Light Sources: Picking up where OLED stalled

Amir Nezamdoost - A New Manual Blind Use Pattern for Annual Energy and Daylight Simulations