About the awards

The WAN Lighting Awards is a major international competition, which runs alongside our eight bi-monthly 'Specialist' sector series, now in its third year.


Architects and designers from around the world are invited to compete. The condition for taking part in the WAN Lighting Awards is that the lighting products entered were not available on the market prior to January 1, 2009 and lighting projects were completed on or after the 1 January 2009.

Judging criteria

The judges will be looking for architects and designers whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of lighting, whilst keeping within the boundaries of commercial viability and sustainability. Another key factor will be the quality of the presentation; how the architect or designer conveys their ideas to the panel will be an important factor in determining the winners.

The jury panel will judge entries on a number of factors including originality, innovation, form and special quality, sustainability and context, but the following two areas will carry the most weighting:

1. How your design addressed the key elements of the brief.
2. Specific examples of how your project has: used lighting to enhance the user experience or integrate with its context and/or community.


31 March 2012


Lighting Projects – the entrance fee is £350 GBP, however an Early Registration price of £295 GBP (460USD / 445AUD / 467CAD / 356EURO) is available for entries made before February 15, 2012.

Lighting Products – the entrance fee is £250 GBP, however an Early Registration price of £195 GBP (304USD / 294AUD / 309CAD / 235EURO) is available for entries made before February 15, 2012.

The competition stages

A long list of approximately 25 entries in each category will initially be selected after the closing date, and further details of the project/product (plans, sections, elevations and more technical information) will then be requested from these entrants. From the 25, a shortlist of six will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

Projects and products that are not shortlisted but recognised by the judges as worthy of note will be listed as 'commended'.

Submission format & guidelines

The format for the initial submission is as follows:

Text summary - 200 - 300 words (approx.)

Include information about how your design addresses the judging criteria above

1 main image @ 385 pixels wide

5 additional images @ 650 pixels high

If submitting your entry online, you can upload your images using the upload form 'Backstage'. Submissions by email should be sent to: rachel.cruz@wantoday.com

Please send images in jpeg format and text summary as a Word doc. Where possible, please send text summary as continuous text and not in bullet points.

You can view an example of how your entry will appear on World Interiors News by clicking here.

World Interiors News reserves the right to publish award entries including text and images on their website, newsletter and other associated materials.