Women in Lighting

WIL Awards 2022

We could never have foreseen the devastating impact that Covid would have on all our lives and when we decided to honour all the WIL and WIL supporters who had achieved amazing things during 2020 and the start of 2021, we never imagined that we would still be in a similar global situation in 2022. So, whilst we still applaud everyone in this community who have never stopped dealing with issues caused by the pandemic with regard to our mental health, our work and our private lives and have helped us to remain connected, we have decided to point the WIL Awards in a different direction this year and honour some women in lighting outside the sphere of lighting design.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
Unknown (but used publicly recently by Michelle Obama and often attributed to her)

The WIL Awards are like no other. They are specifically to highlight the achievements of the WIL community and its supporters. We want to seek out and celebrate outstanding women in the following categories for 2022: Light Art, Research and Education and Engineering. We want to make these women visible and share them with the world. The project has always looked to include women working in these fields and they are the central focus of the WIL Awards 2022.

Please nominate women working in these lighting fields whose work you find unique, inspiring, worthy and believe the community should know about. Let’s get these amazing women some recognition and together, acknowledge their achievements.

Some of our media partners have agreed to create a panel to help us decide on some deserving women that we can honour in more detail.

Submit your nomination here. Remember, although we will choose some nominations to honour further, everyone nominated is a winner. If you are nominated you have made a difference in someone’s life and we celebrate you :-)

Nominations are now closed. The Favourites will be announced in June - date tbc. The Favourites will also be notified by e-mail.

The Terms

This category allows us to celebrate a female artist who always or often works with light, any woman in lighting who has created a light based piece or any women that work as a curator of Light Art.
Education & Research
This category is where you can nominate a woman who is moving our knowledge forward in light and lighting or someone who is a dedicated educator in light.
This category allows us to highlight women who work in engineering. They primarily work with light and their work is necessary for the world we live in.
Education & Research

Sharon Huizinga


Sharon is a perfect blend of designer, programmer, global connections and education. Sharon is super socially and environmentally progressive.

Nominated by
Brian Dowd


Priyanka Aswani

Designer, Engineer, Outreach / Canada

Her background in engineering and passion for technology and cultural exchange gives her a rounded approach to any design challenge!

Nominated by
Vaidehi Patil


Justyna Staniewska

Designer / United Kingdom

She designs the world’s most exclusive spaces with unparalleled intuition, critical thinking and knowledge of engineering systems!

Nominated by
Priyanka Aswani

“All the initiatives that help make visible and value the important role that women play at a professional level must have our recognition. For this reason, we are very fortunate to have the WIL Awards, an interesting project that highlights and gives voice to the extraordinary work that women carry out in an area as creative as lighting design.”

Esther Torello, WIL Awards Panelist
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