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News: 2nd Knight of Illumination Winners

News: 2nd Knight of Illumination Winners

13 September 2009

The 2nd Clay Paky Knight of Illumination Awards

The winners of Clay Paky's prestigious Knight of Illumination Awards for 2009 were announced in London on the evening of Sunday 13th September 2009, at the Ibis Hotel, Earls Court, SW6

Tthe television lighting award winners for 2009 were:

  • John O’Brien for The Bill  (DRAMA)
  • Chris Kempton for Friday Night With Jonathan Ross  (L. E.)
  • Will Charles for The Album Chart Show  (MUSIC)
  • Gurdip Mahal for BBC Sports Personality Of The Year  (EVENTS)

The presentation organised by Clay Paky in association with the STLD and ALD – was sponsored by OSRAM .

  • Mark White received the lifetime recognition award

    Their awards are in the post!

Tthe rock award winners for 2009 were:

  • Rob Sinclair for Goldfrapp (STAGE)
  • Davy Sherwin for Snow Patrol (ARENA)
  • Andi Watson for Radiohead (ECO-FRIENDLY TOUR)

Tthe theatre award winners for 2009 were:

  • Michael Hulls for Eonnagata (DANCE)
  • Adam Silverman for Peter Grimes (OPERA)
  • Jon Clark for Three Days of Rain (DRAMA)
  • Kevin Adams  for Spring Awakening (MUSICAL)

The television nominations for this year were, in alphabetical order:


Martin Kempton for Not Going Out – Although this piece is actually a situation comedy, it demonstrated how to light a studio set in a realistic manner without over lighting it.

John O’Brien for The Bill – Scenes ranging from the realistic interview room, the atmosphere of the incident room and the exterior night scenes showed off all the lighting techniques used to good effect.

Chris Watts for Doctors – The use of colour in this piece was used to good effect really bringing out the feeling of the scene. It also added depth well to the picture and showed the care and attention taken with this regular daytime soap.


Bernie Davis for The Royal Variety Performance – The lighting enabled a large variation throughout the show. The LED screens were incorporated well with the lighting states. A good use of resources was made given the budget constraints.

Chris Kempton for Friday Night With Jonathan Ross – This regular Friday Night chat show has become a firm audience favourite. The clean lighting of the interview area combined well with the set and the Band lighting was felt to be coherent, thoughtful and exciting.

Mark Kenyon for Last Choir Standing – This primetime show required a lot of work to give every choir it’s own personal treatment whilst maintaining a constant feel over  the series. The spacious set was well treated and the use of colour and timing of multiple lighting cues was most impressive.


Will Charles for The Album Chart Show – This had dramatic use of colour temperature of lighting on the faces and pushed the pictures to their technical limits. The live feel of the show was maintained throughout and the contrast with the interview setup gave a good mix.

Al Gurdon for Girls Aloud Party – This had a high class feel to the show with all backgrounds covered and every song lit with feeling and thought. LED screens were used to good effect without being dominating which is all too evident in TV these days.

Chris Rigby
for Later With Jools – Good atmosphere is created in this long running series with every act having a different feel. Excellent standards of technical lighting are maintained throughout with the music always being the main focal point without the distractions of over dominating lighting.


John Gallagher for The Priests In The Cathedral – A one-off event recorded in front of an audience in a cathedral. The brief of trying to light a Light Entertainment event in an ecclesiastical setting is always a difficult one. This was achieved by this production with the lighting of the artists having clarity and shape.

Mark Kenyon for Gladiators – This large-scale production was well marshalled. Every shot was covered and the use of a vast array of moving lights and LED fixtures was impressive. Every frame was filled, even underwater! Excitement was well maintained during the games by the use of lighting.

Gurdip Mahal for BBC Sports Personality Of The Year – A large venue to cover, which was achieved well. The show had the feeling of a special event with excellent wide shots. Presenter positions were on the whole covered well and the lighting was always restrained but effective and controlled.

The judges for the Television sections were:

Stuart Gain (Chairman) - Lighting Director

John Driscoll - Video Graphics Designer

Jonathan Haswell - Director and Producer

Martin Kisner - Lighting Director

And it's not too early to start collecting nominations for 2010 - they should be submitted in the form of a DVD or VHS tape that includes the clip to be judged which should be from three to ten minutes long, and should be accompanied by a completed entry form and a brief testament to the qualities demonstrated.

Any programmes made and first transmitted in the UK during the next year are eligible to enter.

You do not have to have worked on a production to nominate it, and members are allowed to present their own work if they wish.

Entries should be sent to Bernie Davis at the following address:

11 Bloomfield Crescent
Essex IG2 6DR

Queries should be sent to Bernie Davis and entry forms can be sent on request.

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