Parrot PR and Marketing and Archifos are delighted to launch The Silhouette Awards. The awards programme, with a difference, will shine a light on emerging talent within the lighting industry and support them as they progress throughout their careers.

Focused on providing support to young professionals, the Silhouette Awards will provide a platform to showcase young industry talent offering much-deserved recognition and publicity for their achievements to date, followed by six-months mentorship with a senior lighting professional.

The Silhouette Awards has seen significant industry support, with supporters including apdi, Designers Mind, IALD, Lightecture, Skills Army and the SLL. Sponsors to date include Delta Light, Filix Lighting, formalighting and Vode Lighting.

The awards are looking for the industry’s rising stars who have the vision and ambition to steer and lead the industry in years to come. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to an interview led by an expert panel of judge mentors, comprising senior influential lighting designers who are on the lookout to nurture young talent and help other likeminded individuals benefit from their own personal experiences.

Not only will the winners receive the recognition they deserve with this accolade, but they will also be awarded a six-month mentorship opportunity with one of the esteemed judge mentors to enhance their skillset, progress their career ambitions and add real value to the creativity of the industry, raising the bar for talent around the world.

The panel of judge mentors comprises of a dynamic group of senior lighting professionals from across the world, all aligned with the vision of giving back to the industry. Our impressive line-up of Mentors are Melissa Mak, Marcus Steffen, Suzan Tillotson, David Gilbey, Dario Nunez Salazar, Monica Luz Lobo, Linus Lopez, Beata Denton, Fernando Mazzetti, Sam Koerbel, Lara Elbaz, Anna Sbokou, Rouzana Kopti, Ruth Kelly Waskett, Martin Klasasen, Star Davis, Michael Grubb, Marci Song, Jonathan Rush, and Victor Palacio.

The Silhouette Awards offers something for everyone, including high level sponsorship and partnership opportunities, in addition to global recognition for the outstanding talent of the world’s top emerging lighting designers.

Eve Gaut, Founder, Parrot PR and Marketing commented, “We felt there was a real gap in the market in rewarding and supporting the latest talent in our industry through something more than a conventional awards programme. As a mentor, I feel strongly that young people should be supported, and given the opportunity to rise and excel further, so the Silhouette Awards seemed the perfect project for Parrot and Archifos to collaborate on. We have a shared passion to nurture young people, and to give back to the industry we love so much. We feel confident the Silhouette Awards will deliver just that!”.

Katia Kolovea, Founder, Archifos, added “Having been recognized for my commitment to the industry at a young age, I strongly believe there needs to be a platform for the rising stars of today. And one that goes beyond a trophy, but offers continued support.

“Receiving recognition early in my career proved to be invaluable to me, and my future endeavours, and I hope the Silhouette Awards will also provide others with this opportunity to shine, build confidence and discover their professional potential with the support of their mentor. Mentorship is important for growth in all aspects of life and the mentor-mentee relationship is vital for everyone to experience. This is an ideal collaboration for Archifos and Parrot. Two businesses striving to deliver the same mission, both with complementary skills.”

To find out more about the Silhouette Awards and how you can get involved in this all-new awards programme, contact

November 2023 issue

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