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Amanda Levete duo win AJ Philips Light Shots competition

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Stephen Citrone and Michael Wetmore’s film ‘Night Light’ has scooped first prize in the inaugural AJ Philips Light Shots short film competition

The competition asked budding filmakers to make a film no longer than 60 seconds ‘on the theme of light, which explores the impact of artificial light on the built envrironment’.

AJ Philips Light Shots Winners with AJ Editor Christine Murray

AJ Philips Light Shots Winners with AJ Editor Christine Murray

The Amanda Levete Architects’ based-duo won for their film Night Light. They were praised by the jury for ‘finding beauty in the gritty everyday’. The jury enjoyed its ‘exploration of textures in light in the built environment’ and commended this ‘piece of cinema verite which uses simplicity, live sound and strong narrative.’


The jury was made up of a star-studded panel, including Creative Director of Philips Lighting UK, Rowena Preiss, the Oscar and BAFTA winning special effects expert Laurent-Paul Robert, Emmy-nominated filmaker and University of Cambridge-based academic Mark E Breeze, set designer and architect Barbara Ann Spencer and AJ Editor Christine Murray.

The pair will win £500 cash and a trip to Philips’ Outdoor Lighting Application Centre near Lyon.

Rooms by Jonny Campbell and Ollie Boaler from the Welsh School of Architecture uses the technique of Light painting, winning a Runner Up prize for its ‘frivolity, fun and uplifting story’. Campbell and Boaler win a Philips Hue system.

Light and Architecture by Nicolau Iasmina and Sava Gabriela of the University of Romaniaas won a Highly Commended and subscription to AJ & AR for its simplicity and was ‘beatifully done’, according to the jury.

VegasLight by Matthew Hynam was commended for ‘showing what artificial light can do in the environment’. Hynam won a subscription to the AJ.

An honourable mention went to Eleanor Suess of Kingstnn University for her ‘beautiful approaches’ two her two entries Shard 4 View and Sun House 1.

The competition received 55 entries, all of which can be viewed here.


At the time of publishing, the following films had received the most views on the AJ Light Shots YouTube channel
1. Lightfall (422)
James French
2. VegasLight (301)
Matthew Hynam
3. Northern Lights (300)
Stephon Dixon
4. Mirrorlapse (291)
Faiz Pazanon

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