Courtesy IESNYC

Entering its 18th year, the Illuminating Engineering Society's New York City Section's (IESNYC) annual student competition continues to promote a greater awareness of lighting by engaging with New York–area students who are enrolled in design programs. Each year, the competition brief focuses on a specific property of light and asks students to interpret the idea by designing a 3D-built model. The theme for the 2018 competition is “Bound by Light” and the competition brief states: “Bound by Light, challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study that explores connections through light. Without connections, we are in the dark. From a child with a flashlight reading beneath a bedsheet, a glowing screen connecting people on different continents, or lighting a candle to send messages to the great beyond, light can create or enhance our links, networks, and relationships. Explore how light can affect connections—interpersonal, intercultural, technological, or something more—in our everyday lives.”

Participation requires completion of the online registration form by Feb. 15, 2018. Entries are to be delivered the day of the competition event and exhibition, which will take place March 8, 2018, at the Metropolitan West Pavilion, at 639 West 46th St. in New York City. All questions should be emailed to: [email protected].