The [d]arc awards is a unique concept utilising arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world. In collaboration with creative consultants Light Collective, we have created a unique opportunity to get every practice involved in the awards process.

Anyone can enter (lighting designers, architects, interior designers or manufacturers), but here’s the exciting bit – once the shortlist has been chosen by an international jury of lighting designers – we invite independent lighting designers, architects, interior designers and product designers to vote on their favourite projects and products making this the only truly peer-to-peer lighting design awards in the world.

All eligible submissions are published on the website and entrants also benefit from a free [d]arc awards directory company profile – a comprehensive online lighting design resource that can be used by designers and clients for inspiration.

Entrants are invited to attend the awards party [d]arc night on 27 March 2024 at Fabric in London, where we will announce the winners.


For lighting projects, light art installations, events and products to be eligible for [d]arc awards 2023 they must have been completed/launched after 1 January 2023.

Important dates:

  • Early bird entry deadline – 14 August, 2023
  • Entry deadline extended25 January, 2024
  • Jury shortlisting – 29 -31  January, 2024
  • Voting opens – February, 2024
  • [d]arc night awards party – 27 March, 2024

Who can enter the awards?

Anyone can enter an award, but wherever possible we strongly recommend that the principal lighting designer, interior designer or architect responsible for the lighting scheme enters a Project category. Manufacturers are advised to enter the Product categories or, if entering a Project, to credit the designers and any other manufacturers involved.

What material should I supply?

  • The entrant must supply a maximum 1000 word statement / design narrative
  • The entrant must supply a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 high resolution photographs (jpegs no bigger than 10MB). We recommend where possible to provide landscape images.
  • Renderings and collage images are not permitted (we reserve the right to omit images and withdraw entries that do not meet the criteria).
  • A maximum of 2 video links can be included (videos must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo)

What is the cost to enter?

  • £120 + VAT (per entry) – early bird offer available until 14 August 2023
  • £150 + VAT (per entry)

*The fee contributes to ongoing web development enabling every company to have profile pages in the [d]arc awards directory and ensures all voting independent designers are able to attend [d]arc night free of charge.