Shine A Light – Winners announced


Claypaky is pleased to announce the 2021 Shine a Light Design and Programming Contest winners:

Jack Cannon
California Institute of the Arts

The Judges said:

“Timing, pacing, connection with the piece: very well done! Excellent use of the power of automated lights to connect with a piece of music and the performers. Nice play with shadows and light combined with an excellent timing and individual cue timings. View angles, paths, distances and overall views were very well integrating within the building process of the scenes. Good camera shoots all time long. The programming was technically correct, with a good use of Timecode, Multi Timing, Fade and Delay Time.”

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Xotchil Musser
Carnegie Mellon University

The Judges said:

The timing, feel, and cueing are really spot on. Powerful colors, patterns, beam and fades.
Nice color choice, and a proper use of different shades.

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Jeremy Burd
Purchase College - State University of New York

The Judges said:

Warm feeling and mood of the light.
Nice gobo, color, beam, and movement choices. A lot of strong elements in it!

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Matthew Weisgable
Carnegie Mellon University



Jessica Drayton
Southern Methodist University


Shine a Light Design and Programming Contest 2021 is a competition for student Lighting Designers and Programmers in the USA, organized by Claypaky in cooperation with Lighting Designer Mike Wood.

This contest is open to all student lighting designers and programmers studying at one of the following universities in the United States:

  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Emerson College
  • Purchase College - State University of New York
  • Rutgers University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • West Point - United States Military Academy
California Institute of the Arts
Rutgers University
Carnegie Mellon University
Southern Methodist University
Emerson College
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Purchase College - State University of New York
West Point - United States Military Academy

1st place winner – A visit to Claypaky Headquarters in Bergamo, Italy for you and a guest* when travel restrictions allow + Claypaky merchandising.

2nd and 3rd place winner – Claypaky merchandising including the limited “Shine a Light” edition swag.

Besides the Grand Prizes, special additional prizes will be awarded for:

  • The best use of timing
  • The best use of movement
  • The best use of color
  • The best use of patterns


*The prize is a trip for two persons – the contest winner and their guest of choice to Bergamo, Italy which includes economy class flights and 3 nights hotel accommodations. Don’t worry about the food either!

Claypaky Headquarters - Bergamo, Italy
Claypaky Headquarters - Bergamo, Italy
Bergamo Upper Town, Italy
Bergamo Upper Town, Italy

Scoring Rubic

The Basics:

Entry must be submitted on time.  Any entries submitted after the deadline will be rejected.

Entry must be within the time constraints listed.  Any entry exceeding the time limitations will be deducted points.  Entries longer than 10 seconds over the time limitation will be disqualified.

Entries will be awarded points based on their success at achieving each of the following metrics:


  1. Are there visible marking issues?
  2. Did the entrant show restraint and purpose in their choices?
  3. Do the transitions and choices fit well with the music? (Are they well timed and fitting properly with the piece?)
  4. Are the color, gobo, and effect transitions problematic, awkward, or do they appear accidental?
  5. Is attention paid to physics? (Are the actor, fixture, and scenic moves viable in the real performance world?)

Artistic / Storytelling:

  1. Does the mood of the cueing match the moods and emotions of the song?
  2. Does the movement utilized successfully tell the story of the chosen song?
  3. Do the intensity fades and changes work for the piece?
  4. Do the colors utilized effectively tell the story of the chosen song?
  5. Do the templates / gobos, effects, iris, zoom, and edge choices fit accordingly with the music and flow?
  6. Are there clear motifs and themes used throughout the cueing?