ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS of the Fall Scholarship Contest!

I apologize for the delay folks, I’m fighting some kind of flu bug.

Now, without further dudes:

Ladies and gentlemen, the public has spoken in the Fall Scholarship Contest!  Congratulations to TEAM DULUTH, who takes first place by popular vote.  First runner up is Johanna-Mai Vihalem who is currently in Paris, and the second runner up is Daphne Mir, everyone’s favorite budding LD out of SoCal.  Congratulations to each of you who entered – each one of you is going to receive a 4Wall Entertainment t-shirt and a box of goodies from me.

Winners, I’ll be in touch shortly to get relevant information!

I’d like to take a moment to comment on and add a little surprise to the contest.  I put the donated scholarship funds and my contribution to the pool out to vote by the Community as a whole.  The readership is full of very intelligent and influential people who are all out there shaping and advancing the industries of light – researchers, designers, scientists, laser engineers, LED manufacturers and developers, production technicians, lighting directors, solid-state lighting scientists, opticians, doctors, physicists, and many other professionals read the blog each day.  The reason that is able to do anything for the community is DUE TO the investment of the community into the future of our beloved industries.  I trust the readership to choose.  Far be it for me to take seven light lovers’ videos and make a decision on whose passionate plea for light was better than any other – I got warmth from each and every video.  I am inspired by each and every one of you.  So much, in fact, that I am going to give each of you a post on for your video over the next month.

I want to add one more mention to the contest – after watching all of these videos, I felt like I needed to recognize one video for its production and creativity.  I enjoyed every one of these videos – and I plan on having more of these contests to give back to the lighting industries.  Overall, on a production aspect, I want to recognize Nik Robalino‘s video for being the most well produced.  Nik, please tell your crew that I think they did an excellent job.  I’m working on putting something special together for you and your crew.

Contest participants – I’ll be in touch shortly to get addresses and all of that so I can send you each some good stuff.  Great job to everyone – you should be ridiculously proud!  Thank you to the Community for participating.  More to come!

FINAL DAY for VOTING in the Fall Scholarship Contest!

It’s here, everybody – the final day of voting in the Fall Scholarship Contest!  We’ve got pretty excellent videos submitted – each and every one – and I am excited to see how the industry votes!  The lighting industries have really reached out for this one, and there are a lot of people to thank.  The voting ends tonight, at midnight CST.  Get your votes in before then!

MORE good news, in addition to the outreach that has taken place already – David Johnson from Live Design/LDI has contributed a FREE TICKET to the 2011 Broadway Lighting Master Classes in May 2011!  This will go to the first place winner of the contest.

So far, here’s the scholarship prize lineup:




  • $250 USD!

In addition, everyone who entered the contest gets a t-shirt courtesy of 4Wall Entertainment, and a box of goodies from me!

I’d like to thank SeaChanger, David Fox, InLight Gobos, 4Wall Entertainment, Zero88, and Live Design for giving to the future of the lighting industries.  These folks are among the sort that care about what happens to our beloved industry.

We’re going to have a lot more of these scholarship contests – with the economy the way it is right now and the way that Universities are raising tuition and fees on what seems a monthly schedule these days, it is up to us as people who are dedicated to the lighting industries to make sure the future is sustained.  You heard it here first.

Now GO VOTE in the Fall 2010 Scholarship Contest!!! Hurry, voting stops at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT CST!

UPDATE! Fall Scholarship Contest! READ ME!

Holy cow, holy cow, followed by holy cow.  If this contest were a Scorpions song, it would be “here I am, rock you in quite the same fashion as that of a hurricane.”  I have received some outstanding news, people – news that affects this contest for the positive!

Some of the industry’s most future conscious companies have stepped up and offered some additional funds for the Fall Scholarship Contest – which means I’m able to offer MORE PRIZE MONEY for the winner!  Also, something that rocks pretty hard, I am now able to offer a RUNNER UP prize!

The web’s favorite fox, the Fantastic David Fox from the lighting team at KA in Las Vegas, Larry Zoll and the great people over at Zero88, and the monumentally awesome team over at SeaChanger have offered some funds to boost the prizes!  Now, I am able to give a $1000 first place prize (and two tickets to see KA in Las Vegas, good for one year through Mr. Fox) and a $500 Runner Up prize, which ALSO features two tickets to KA, good for one year!

UPDATE:  4Wall Entertainment has just contributed $250 to the pot, making the first prize $1000 USD! 4Wall is also giving ALL OF THE WINNERS a 4Wall t-shirt!  Everyone who entered wins!

UPDATE:  Rick and Adri at InLight Gobos has contributed $250 to the contest pool – now I can offer a Second Runner Up prize of $250!

The outpouring of support that I have gotten for you excellent contest participants from the lighting industry is enough to make me choke up a bit.  This is why I love our lighting industries – because they care about our future.

Make sure to go vote on your favorite video at the official Fall Scholarship Contest page!

Side note:

If you’re from a lighting company and want to contribute to the winners’ prize packages in any way, please contact me via the contact form or by emailing jim [AT] jimonlight [DOTCOM].  I’m getting several emails a day about contributing – I’ll make sure to publish your name and company link.  This is all about our industry’s next rising stars.  Help out if you can!

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. Scholarship Contest Entries – WATCH and VOTE NOW!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fall Scholarship Contest entry period has ended, and we have had excellent entries.  Excellent!  So much, in fact, that I have decided to post all of them for your voting and enjoyment!

These people have taken it upon themselves to tell you, the world, about what they love about light.  I am honored, excited, and overjoyed for you to see these entries.

First up:  Johanna-Mai Vihalem’s love of light.  Go, Johanna!

Now, Daphne Mir tells the world about her rise to rockstar lighting designer. Go, Daphne!

Jeff Handke, tell us what you love about light. GO!

It’s time for the men of The Duluth Crew to tell us why they love light. DO IT!

Drew Carter, it’s time to SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU GOT!

Nik Robalino, tell the world what you LOVE about LIGHT!

Last but not least, Zack Weigand shows the world what he loves about light. GO ZACK!

Okay internet – your turn.  In ONE WEEK from tomorrow, on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 by MIDNIGHT, a winner will be delcared, and their video posted on for all the world to see in its own post on Monday, September 27.  Contest participants, this is your time to tell the world to come and vote on your contest entry.

GET BUSY! Tell the world about your video!  Tell them to come here and vote!

VOTING: Everyone gets a vote, just choose from the list below.  RSS readers, come on over to the site and cast your vote for your favorite video!

Let’s change the future by giving students worldwide the drive to become the next industry rockstars!