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The jury will select 6 × Favourites from all eligible entries received. A scoring system will be used to determine Favourites and the decision of the panel of jury will be final. This will include 2 × entrants in each category.

The 6 × Favourites need to be available for a video interview with the WIL organisers that will be recorded and added to the WIL website.

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Esther Torello Spain / lightecture

Esther Torelló is the editor and publisher of lightecture, an online and printed magazine focused on lighting and the culture of light. Great defender of lighting design, she is also responsible for press and communication of the Spanish Professional Association of Lighting Designers -APDI- and ambassador in Spain of Women in Lighting. Fascinated by light, Esther has become a specialist in light contents and has participated  in numerous juries, congresses and international events for more than 20 years.

lightecture is an online platform designed specifically for the needs of the community of professionals and individuals interested in light and lighting design that provides information and quality content, publishes the work of leading designers as well as novelties and technological advances developed by the industry. lightecture intends to be a useful and attractive tool for a collective of lighting designers, architects, interior and industrial designers, artists and all those who are passionate about the endless possibilities that light brings into interiors and exterior spaces.

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Geewel Fuster Philippines / BluPrint

Geewel acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in 2009. After graduation she immediately worked as a Project Architect at Jonathan O. Gan and Associates where she gained her training not only in the architecture profession but in interior design as well. Two years after, in 2011, after passing the licensure exam, she decided to join her family’s construction firm to spearhead the greater success of the company. As a creative, Geewel also loves fashion as much as she loves architecture and design. Her fascination about fashion led her to taking up a short course on fashion branding at SoFa Design Institute and eventually it paved the way for her to create her own brand. She just recently launched her very own lifestyle and fashion brand, Akin Collective. AKIN is a curated collaboration collective, a platform that was built to create meaningful line of special work or art in areas of home, lifestyle, and fashion. The brand intentionally source pieces that focuses on cultivating both local and international brands.

BluPrint has had 21 successful years of designing and refining every aspect of architecture with its selection of meaningful subjects and unique stories and is now heading on to a digital platform aiming to inspire everyone to adapt to the rise of new innovations, philosophies, and design solutions suitable to our ever-changing environment. BluPrint has always been a brand that reaches out and promotes Filipino culture, roots, and heritage in architecture and designs. Over the years, the brand has been able to maintain connections to our south east asian networks and also start to build a conversation outside Asia.

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Mervi Rokka Sweden / Ljuskultur

Mervi Rokka is an editor for the Swedish lighting magazine Ljuskultur. She has been working within the lighting business for more 30 years. In addition to editing and developing the magazine, she is engaged in gathering the Swedish lighting professionals to the early event Ljusdagen and working for to draw attention to the lighting issue in society and among the potential customers.

Ljuskultur is the only magazine in Sweden devoted to lighting and reaches out to the Swedish lighting planners and the decision-makers. Ljuskultur has been published for over 90 years and aims to inform and inspire to the use of good, sustainable lighting solutions. It addresses interesting projects and new lighting technology. Further interviews interesting lighting professionals, active in Sweden and round the world.

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Patrick McCumiskey United Kingdom / warmwhite

Patrick McCumiskey is a lighting designer and communications specialist. After graduating from the lighting design masters degree at the Politecnico di Milano in 2017, Patrick worked as a lighting designer for Licht Kunst Licht before starting his own independent design consultancy.  Combining his experience in journalism, communications and lighting design, Patrick also created warmwhite, an online magazine dedicated to the exploration of new perspectives in lighting and design.

warmwhite is an online platform dedicated to the exploration of new perspectives on architectural and decorative lighting and design through original journalism and interviews. Warmwhite also offers bespoke creative consulting and communications services for lighting manufacturers and studios working with light.

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RANDY REID USA / designing lighting (dl)

Randy Reid began his career in 1983 with GE Lighting and has also served as President of the Illuminating Engineering Society in 2002-2003. Furthermore, Randy has been a member of the LIGHTFAIR Management Committee, 2001-2003 and served on the LIGHTFAIR Advisory Committee in 2006. In 2019, Reid was appointed the Executive Director of the National Lighting Bureau—a non-profit organization dedicated to high benefit lighting and since 1999, Mr. Reid has published the EdisonReport, a site for news and information in the lighting industry. In 2020, Reid started designing lighting, a magazine focused on The Business of Lighting Design. Reid also conducts a daily podcast, “Today in Lighting.” and has served as a juror for the IESNYC Lumen Awards, LIT Design Award, and 40 under 40.

designing lighting (dl) is an online magazine focused on The Business of Lighting Design™.  The magazine was founded by Randy Reid in 2020 in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The goal of the magazine is to publish news and information about the Business of Lighting Design™and is published bi-monthly. Amongst many other features, each issue features at least two detailed design jobs where the lighting designer is interviewed. In addition to the magazine dl launched a website, which lists daily news of importance to lighting designers and has a vast database of projects that have won lighting awards.

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With a degree in Photography and Journalism, Sarah has always had a strong interest in story telling through various mediums. Gathering various work experiences across both creative fields, she landed a new role as Editorial Assistant in 2017 for arc magazine at [d]arc media. Sarah quickly rose up the ranks to become Editor for darc magazine (arc’s sister publication) within four years. She is now responsible for content sourcing and creation within the magazine and across its digital platforms. Sarah also plays an active role in [d]arc media’s events – the [d]arc awards, [d]arc room and [d]arc sessions.

Edited by Sarah Cullen, darc magazine is the only international design magazine focused on decorative lighting in architecture and interior design. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, darc continues to focus on high-end commercial and residential projects and works with those at the forefront of creative lighting design, interior design and product design to produce insightful editorial. Apart from the beautifully presented magazine, darc has a strong online presence through its dedicated website, regular newsletters and social media. The team also organises a number of dedicated lighting events, including its annual [d]arc awards.

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Thiago Gaya Brazil / L+D Magazine

Thiago Gaya is the Publisher of L+D Magazine, a printed and online publication dedicated to architectural lighting design. He’s also the founder and curator of the LEDforum, an annual international lighting conference, held in São Paulo, Brazil. Gaya is co-author of several books including the Lighting Design Brasil, 2002 and the Lighting Design Europe, 2004.

He has been working for more than twenty years in the production of content and in the promotion of the Lighting Design in South America as a way to connect professionals and companies and strengthen the sense of community in the lighting industry.

L+D Magazine is a Brazilian Architectural Lighting Design dedicated publication, part of the Editora Lumière publishing house. The magazine is a semiannual publication that presents several aspects of professional and academic light and lighting design projects from Brazil and worldwide. Since its inception in 2005, the magazine has been profoundly changing lighting concepts in Brazil, with a new look at projects that harmoniously combine technique and aesthetics. Its mission is not only to offer Brazilian architects and lighting designers what is new and best in the worldwide lighting scenario, but also to disseminate the work of these professionals nationally and internationally.

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In 2017, Valery graduated as a lighting designer from Moscow Architecture School and from 2017, she worked at the YARKO-YARKO lighting design studio. From 2020 Valery became freelancer and also  with her colleague Vlad Oblasov, founded the online magazin; [DLINA VOLNY]. (Wavelength). In 2021, in partnership with Maria Kalmykova and Lyudmila Kadeykina, Valery founded the lighting design bureau; THE VIEW. Being a supporter of the Women in Lighting community, Valery takes part in public talks, events, lectures and leads mastermind groups for women who would like to raise their professional skills.

[WAVELENGTH] is an online magazine about light and its influence on the world around us. Its main purpose is to explore lighting, it's layers and details of any existing architectural and natural form. The magazine is the only Russian-language media that promotes lighting design, utility, effectiveness, economic and aesthetic benefits. The magazine aims to increase the interest among architects, developers and interior designers, support the local industry and grow the community of professionals.

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Vertica is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, community builder for women in design & architecture, record holder for water initiative and the publisher of Surfaces Reporter magazine. Her work has been awarded by several organisations including ASSOCHAM, Delhi Management Association, BMW Duestshe Motoron, COWE, and more. She was awarded ASIA BOOK OF RECORD medal for mobilising women power and creation of World's Largest W shape on ground. Vertica is also the founder of WADE ASIA (World’s Leading Platform for Women in Design), the chairperson of the WADE FOUNDATION and co-chairperson of the Women Entrepreneurs Committee, PHD Chamber.

An Interior Design & Architecture Magazine that connect minds with materials & products; Surfaces Reporter is one of India’s leading media in Print & Digital Telecast for News on Interiors & Architecture Projects, Products, Building Materials and the Business of Design. Since 2011, it is a referral for designers & architects to know about inspiring projects and source the best products.

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