Contest Details

Martin Professional are looking to champion the imaginations of Lighting designers across the UK with our Light a London Landmark competition, using the iconic National Theatre as our canvas. The National’s famed façade lends itself perfectly to blending the creative worlds of both architectural and theatrical lighting.

To mirror the themes of plays showing at the National Theatre during the time of the event, we have chosen an artwork theme of: UNLIKELY CONNECTIONS

An independent panel of 3 judges, highly skilled in image projection, will decide on 6 finalists. Their artworks will be revealed and projected live on the façade of the theatre on 6th November. The winner will be announced on the night following critique by another impartial panel of industry renowned lighting designers and professionals. Find out more about the competition judges.

How to enter

Click here to download all necessary artwork templates, site photos and spec sheets.

Complete the entry request form on this page to enter your team details.

Submit your competition entry artwork to by 30th September with the subject line as your Team Name. Entries must include the following, and must comply with Terms & Conditions. All entrants must be present at the event on 6th November to qualify.

  • Subject Line: Your Team Name
  • Attach Gobo artwork
  • Attach your studio/Institution logo
  • Gobo Name
  • Up to 4 concept renderings
  • Written description of any EP1000 effects to be used (maximum 2 minute sequence)
  • 300-character description to accompany artwork

Gobo artwork requirements

The EP1000 is only compatible with steel and glass gobos, and as custom 3D textured glass gobos are very complex to create for this competition you will need to create textured effects using 2D methods instead.

To ensure your artwork is correctly interpreted we have listed some key details and recommendations.

Physical gobo requirements:

Outer Ø: 30.0mm
Max. image Ø : 26mm
Max. / Min. glass thickness: 1.1mm / 3.0mm
Aluminium gobo thickness: 0.5mm

Minimum artwork requirements:

File type: any editable image file
Image type: vector file advised over raster Min. resolution: 1200dpi
Minimum printed size: 50mm square

If you’re integrating text or fine lines into your design we recommend the following:

Min. line weight: 0.2pt
Minimum font size: 4pt

Vector artwork is advised but a raster file is also an option for those without vector software.

Site Photos

To help map your design to the building, reference photographs have been taken to help guide your plans for your designs. Images of the “Line it up” gobo, mentioned previously, and also the specially commissioned Martin test card gobo help to give an impression of how different gobo effects look when projected on the same surfaces.

Click here to download all necessary artwork templates, site photos and spec sheets.

The following files are available:

From projection location
1. “Line it up” gobo
2. Martin test gobo

From viewing location
3. “Line it up” gobo
4. Martin test gobo

5. Photo of National Theatre for concept rendering
6. Site Plan

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Meet the Light a London Landmark judges

Qualification Judges

François Guillet
CEO, Lumiers Utiles

Francois Guillet is CEO of Lumieres Utiles, which was founded in 2003, and specializes in control and network for architectural and functional lighting. He has worked on some of the most beautiful monuments and buildings in France such as Chateau d'Amboise, Chateau d'Azay le Rideau, Palais des Festivals de cannes and Musée Oceanographique de Monaco. Prior to Lumieres Utiles, François used to be a desk operator and network administrator for rental companies working on festivals, events and touring. He also redacts report and light tests for Sono Magazine since 2007.

Vladan Paunovic
Lighting Designer, Ramboll Architectural lighting Design

Vladan graduated from the school of architecture in 2003. While working as an architectural designer he continued education in architectural lighting, studying at the University of Wismar, Germany. After gaining his Master Degree in Architectural Lighting, he joined the company Kardorff Lichtplanung in Berlin, Germany. In 2009 Vladan joined Ramboll in Copenhagen where he is the creative lead for the Architectural Lighting Design team. He has worked on award winning projects recognised by The National Lighting Design Awards in Denmark and Sweden.

Viktor Martinsson
Lighting Designer, White

Viktor began his journey as a young electrician who followed his passion and fascination of light. He studied at the Technical University of Jönköping, Sweden where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) with a focus on lighting design. Viktor joined White at their head office in Gothenburg as a Lighting Designer. Viktor is also a junior associate of IALD.

Finalist Judges

Paule Constable
Lighting Designer

Paule is an Associate Director of the National Theatre. She has been nominated for 9 further Olivier awards and 3 Tony Awards. She was the recipient of the Hospital Award for Contribution to Theatre and has also received the LA Drama Desk Award for Les Mis, Sleeping Beauty and Warhorse; and both the New York Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for both Curious Incident and Warhorse on Broadway. She was the first recipient of the Opera Award for Lighting in 2013 and was one of the first women to be awarded the Tonic Award for her achievements. She has been awarded 3 Knight of Illumination awards - for Follies, St Joan and Satyagraha and received the Australian Helpmann Award in 2017 for Les Miserables. In 2018 Paule was awarded the Ryane Award to acknowledge her contribution to the work at the National Theatre.  

Vicki Mortimer
Theatre Designer

British designer Vicki Mortimer studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. She has designed more than 25 productions for the National Theatre including The Plough and the Stars, The Threepenny Opera, The Silver Tassie, Othello, Hamlet, The Seagull and The House of Bernarda Alba. She made her Royal Ballet debut in 2003 on Wayne McGregor’s Qualia and has since returned to work on McGregor’s Raven Girl (2013). She has also worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court and Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stokholm, among others. She is a member of the Linbury Prize Committee and is on the steering committee for Birkbeck’s director training. Her many awards include the International Opera Award for Design 2016 and an Olivier Award, 2018. 

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