WE-EF LIGHTING Landscape Architecture After Dark

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ Principal Corporate Partner, WE-EF LIGHTING, are once again running their national competition, Landscape Architecture - After Dark. Held for the first time in 2018, this competition showcases the very best of landscape architectural lighting design, enabling registered landscape architects to submit their project designs to win national recognition and incredible prizes from WE-EF .

Selected by People’s Choice and an expert jury, the winning entrant will join one person from the WE-EF project team on the WE-EF THAILAND tour in early 2020, all expenses paid including flights and accommodation. All regional winners (one each in NSW/ACT, QLD/NT, VIC/TAS and SA/WA will receive a full Festival Pass to the International Festival of Landscape Architecture, flights and one night accommodation redeemable in 2019 or 2020.

People's Choice Voting now open - Vote via our online portal for your favourites!

Entry Process

Nominate a project featuring exceptional lighting design that you have designed – this must be a built project. Entries are free! Before beginning your entry submission, read the entry conditions (following). Submitting an entry means that you have read and agreed to the Entry Conditions outlined, including obtaining appropriate releases and authorities in writing from clients, collaborating organisations, copyright holders for entry submission materials, licensees, photographers and where applicable, the principal/director of your organisation. Entries close midnight on 19 August 2019. 

Entries are open across four regions:
1. Queensland and Northern Territory
2. New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
3. Victoria and Tasmania
4. South Australia and Western Australia

1. Enter 
Step A: Read the Entry Information including entry guidelines

Step B: Complete the submission form via our online platform Awards Force.  This can be saved and edited at any point up into submissions closing. 

That’s it! You’ll receive confirmation of your entry and in due course, your project will be featured as part of the online gallery ready for People's Choice voting to open on 21 August 2019.

Note: You can enter multiple projects into this competition. Simply complete a separate entry for each project.

2. Share: After submissions have closed, promote your entry via our online gallery  and encourage your networks to vote. The top 5 entries per region with the most public votes will progress to the next round – the National Jury Judging.

3. Win: See below for prize details. 

Submissions extend to Monday 19 August 2019 at midnight. Enter now.

There will be one (1) Major Prize awarded to a National Winner, and four (4) Minor Prizes, of which one (1) will be awarded to each Regional Winner. 

Minor Prizes
Each Regional Finalist will win:
One (1) complimentary full Festival Pass to the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture Conference including flights and one night accomodation.
The prize does not cover on ground transport.

Major Prize
The National Winner will win:
One (1) complimentary full Festival Pass to the 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture Conference. The prize does not cover transport or accommodation.
One (1) return airfare from their nearest capital city to WE-EF LIGHTING Design and Manufacturing Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, in early 2020, with all-expenses paid including accommodation, meals and on ground transport.

The Judging Criteria refers to a set of benchmarks by which Submissions will be judged by The Jury.

1. Demonstrate that a professional lighting design was undertaken for this project – please provide details of the lighting design practice, engineering practice or the lighting manufacturer/supplier, tasked with the lighting design.
2. Provide a short brief (1-2 sentences) for the lighting design concept. What was the main design objective for the lighting scheme?
3. Demonstrate how lighting complements the design of the space by day – enhancing, changing visibility, hiding, revealing (2-3 sentences).
4. Showcase how lighting enhances the use and experience of the space after dark (2-3 sentences).
5. Highlight lighting creativity, problem-solving and thinking-outside-the-box. What is unique or innovative about the use of lighting on the project? What unique challenges have been successfully overcome? (1-2 sentences).
6. How did you take Dark Sky considerations (prevention of lighting pollution) into account for this project? (1-2 sentences).

Entry into the After Dark Competition is open to a person who is a current, financial member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Eligible Entrants
Entry into the After Dark Competition is open to a person who is a current, financial member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. This includes:
- AILA Registered Landscape Architects
- AILA Registered Landscape Architect Applicants
- AILA Members
- AILA Graduate Members

About Us
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)

AILA is the growing national advocacy body representing just under 4,000 active and engaged landscape architects, promoting the importance of the profession today and for the future. Committed to designing and creating a better Australia, landscape architects shape the world around us. They conceive, reimagine and transform the outside world from streetscapes to parks and playgrounds, transport solutions to tourism strategies, new suburbs and even cities.

WE-EF LIGHTING is a global manufacturer of high-performance exterior luminaires renowned for outstanding engineering design and innovative optical systems. Established in 1950 in Germany, WE-EF is recognised worldwide as a leading exterior lighting specialist that provides professional lighting solutions for various applications, ranging from urban spaces to architectural projects.

WE-EF became Principal Corporate Partner of AILA as of July 1 2017. In this capacity, WE-EF is a major supporter of opportunities for landscape architects in Australia.
Terms and Conditions
Entrants must read and accept the Terms and Conditions as a condition of entry.