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SLL Young Lighter

Aluwaine Manyonga named SLL Young Lighter 2020 at the Lux Awards

Aluwaine Manyonga named SLL Young Lighter 2020 at the Lux Awards online

Aluwaine Manyonga delivered his concept, Offgrid Solar Lighting and Chigubhu Lantern, Africa's Education System Game Changer, during the LuxLive Digital Festival 2020. For the first time ever, the SLL Young Lighter final was held online, with all four finalists delivering their presentations virtually to an international audience.

Within his concept, Aluwaine sought to provide a viable off-grid solar lighting solution for education in Africa. 600 million people are without electricity in Africa, with 1 in 3 primary schools affected. Chigubhu is a Shona word for plastic container/water bottle and the idea behind this concept is based on plastic and electronic waste recycling. Whilst seeking to introduce solar lighting systems for school buildings, Aluwaine’s project also proposes a means of re-using plastic and electronic waste, providing students and communities with transportable, safe light sources.

Watch Aluwaine's initial video introduction and see his full presentations for the SLL Young Light 2020 finals via the Lux Review.

Aluwaine Manyonga - Offgrid Solar Lighting and Chigubhu Lantern, Africa's Education System Game Changer

Meet the other 2020 finalists and watch an introductory video, outlining their successful entries below:

Aleix LlenasSpectrally Tunable Lighting for the Real World: A UK Case-study in Tracking Human Behaviour and Implications for Future Technology

Giorgia RossiOpen Beams: A Laser Lighting System for the Future

Dipali ShirsatRedefining the Image of a City: Lighting for Disabled Spaces The finals will take place on 12

November 2020, as part of the LuxLive Digital Festival. Find out more and register for FREE via

If you have any questions about the competition or if you would like to register your interest for the 2021 competition, please contact

The competition is open to ANYONE with an interest in light and lighting. The winner is title SLL Young Lighter 2020 and receives a cash prize of £1000.

Entries can be based on ANY light related topic!

Entry Stage One:

  • 6 introductory Powerpoint slides outlining entry

These could include images, illustrations, graphics, animations, text, voice etc.

Stage Two:

If your Stage One entry is shortlisted we will ask you to elaborate with a 3-5 minute piece to camera and to expand on your initial ideas. This can be in whichever format your feel illustrates your entry best. We’ve listed some suggested formats below:

  • Expand on your initial slides (with a maximum of 25 slides in total)

  • Write a written paper (not exceeding 3000 words)

We would be open to discussing alternative formats, should your entry be shortlisted.

Stage 3:

Finalists will be selected and invited to deliver a 15 minute presentation in front of an audience at Europe’s biggest annual lighting event, LuxLive.

Following the presentations, a winner will be selected, receiving a cash prize of £1000 and the title SLL Young Lighter 2020.

Over the year’s we have seen some incredible projects and notable winners, making this competition an invaluable platform to explore and discuss ideas relating to light, particularly for those at the early stages of their career.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary last year, previous winners and senior members of the Society reviewed the entry criteria, ensuring that the competition was open to anyone with an interest in light and lighting.

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

SLL Young Ligher 2019

Anna Wawrzyniak named SLL Young Lighter 2019 at the Lux Awards on 14 November 2019, with her entry, A Light Booster Metro Car for the Commuting Work Force: Human Centric Lighting in Underground Transportation.

The competition finals were held at LuxLive on 14, with each finalist delivering their presentation to an audience of industry peers.

The judges commented that the quality of entries from the initial entry stage, throughout the competition was exceedingly high. All the finalists received a cash prize, along with a year's free membership of the Society.
The panel of judges represented different parts of the lighting industry from lighting design and academia to sales and manufacturing.

Take a look at the four finalists and their video presentations below:

  • Anna Wawrzyniak (Peter Andres Lichtplanung, Germany), A Light Booster Metro Car for the Commuting Work Force: Human Centric Lighting in Underground Transportation

  • Fatemeh Dastgheib (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Outdoor Lighting and Perception of Safety from a Female Perspective

  • Melissa Kennedy (WSP, London), Texture within the Light: Evaluating the Impact of Textured Light upon the Sensual Atmospheres within Art, Architecture and Design

  • Nils Voerste (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany), Evidence based Lighting Design for Urban Environments: Natural and Artifical Lighting Impacts on Peoples' Experiences of Public Space

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


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 younger lighting professionals in the early stages of their career.

If you have any questions about entering the 2020 competition, please contact us at