The 6th annual 2021 Lucie Technical Awards

 

The Lucie Technical Awards aim to honor the large and small companies, as well as the individuals, who have advanced the photographic industry in a given year. All inclusive, these awards intend to encompass such things as cameras, lenses, lighting, and accessories, to software, storage and more.

The Lucie Technical Awards is a program of the Lucie Foundation, and sister program of The Lucie Awards.

ABOUT

HOW ARE AWARDS NOMINATED?

The Lucie Tech Awards Advisory Board puts together the most accurate categories through the direction of Jaron Schneider, a well-respected technical editor.  The Advisory Board is comprised of technical editors from esteemed magazines, websites and YouTube channels.   We then reach out to you, the manufacturers, to solicit up to two products per category per company to be nominated.  Each category will have a minimum of three and maximum of five nominations.  Once all manufacturers have submitted their products, the LTA board of experts will then work to supplement any missing products and provide their own suggestions for nominations.

We want to make the process turnkey for all involved.  Please note that we are requesting that all products must be available in the United States.  It is mandatory that all product nominations be submitted with product image, the American version of the product code, shortened name and phonetic spelling of the product.  Each company should also provide a press release, product information, logo and product images along with the nomination.  We are also asking for any hands-on product reviews that have been done on the product.  If a review hasn’t been done on a product, we ask that you coordinate with one of our board members to review and test the product this year.  The nominations are due on August 6, 2021.

While nominations are due in August, we are giving the option for companies to provide us with an NDA for any products coming out through October 2021 so they can be included.  We assure you that our board will use the utmost discretion for this.  If for some reason, the product is delayed, we can always take it out of that category closer to the date.

 

WHAT IF I WIN?

The Lucie Tech Awards will provide your company with tremendous exposure and accolades in the industry and within the photography community.  The Lucie Foundation will be doing press releases, social media and e-mail blasts to promote the winners.  We will also be providing the Winners Logos for your use in your own advertisements, websites and promotions.  The Lucie Tech Award statue will be available for purchase if your company would like a physical award.

CATEGORIES

Camera

Best Compact Camera
Best Compact Cinema Camera
Best Small-Format Camera
Best Full-Frame Camera
Best Medium Format Camera

 

Camera Accessories

Best Day-Use Camera Bag
Best Adventure Camera Bag
Best Camera Accessory

 

Lens

Best Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Best Standard Prime Lens
Best Telephoto Prime Lens
Best Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Best Standard Zoom Lens
Best Telephoto Zoom Lens
Best Special Purpose Lens

 

Software

Best Photo Editing Software
Best Software Plugin
Best Video Editing Software

 

Lighting

Best Constant Light Source
Best Strobe Light Source

 

Special Category (nominated and chosen by the LTA board)

Achievement of innovation, 2021
Camera of the year, 2020/2021

 

The Chuck Westfall Technical Education Award

This distinguished honor is awarded to an influential voice in the photographic industry who displays an extraordinary commitment and love for the art and technology of photography.  It is named in the honor of Chuck Westfall, a longtime Canon employee who became known as the “teacher of technology” to journalists and the photo industry in general.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15TH

For any additional questions, feel free to email us at:

team@luciefoundation.org 

ADVISORY

THE LUCIE TECHNICAL AWARDS ADVISORY BOARD

The newly established Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board will take part in recognizing and rewarding deserving companies and individuals who share the passion of making incredible imagery through innovative technology. The panel consists of editors, technology experts, writers, and industry professionals – all whom have dedicated their careers to photography and the technology behind it.

 


Lauren Wendle: Co-Chair, The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board

Alice Dison: Co-Chair, The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board


Jaron Schneider – Advisory Board Director & LTA Advisor

Editor in Chief of PetaPixel.com

Dan Havlik

Senior Editor for Digital Photo and Digital Photo Pro

Jordan Drake

DPReview TV Director

Bob Rose

Industry Consultant, and Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology New York, NY

Angela Nicholson

Co-Founder of Camera Jabber, and Founder of SheClicks

Terry Sullivan

Freelance Writer

Dan Watson

Learning Cameras YouTube Station

Wes Pitts

Editorial Director, Madavor Media for Photography Brands: Digital Photo, Digital Photo Pro, HDVideoPro, Imaging Resource and Outdoor Photographer

Gordon Laing

Editor, Camera Labs

Ted Forbes

The Art of Photography YouTube Channel

William Brawley

Managing Editor, Imaging Resource

Dr Michael Pritchard

Director, Education and Public Affairs, Royal Photographic Society

Jason Scheider

Photography Consultant and Contractor

Jeanette Moses

Freelance Writer

AWARDS

2019 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

PAST YEARS – FINALISTS & WINNERS

2018 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

2017 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

2016 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

2015 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

PHOTOS FROM LUCIE TECHNICAL AWARDS

FAQ

Here you’ll find answers to some common questions we receive about The Lucie Technical Awards. If your question isn’t among them, please email us at techawards@lucies.org.

What are the categories each year for The Lucie Technical Awards?

The Lucie Technical Awards categories are annually revised and updated with the advice and guidance of The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board. The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory board takes the market’s technological trends into consideration. Some of the categories in the past may not be included in the next Lucie Technical Awards, and new categories may be included from year to year.

What does the timeline look like for The Lucie Technical Awards each year?

Nominations Open: Early May

Deadline to Submit: Extended to September 15

Finalists Announced: End of September

Winners Announced: Mid-October

How do I know that you received my nomination?

You will see a confirmation page immediately after you submit your nominations. You will also receive an email confirming your nomination(s).

How does a product qualify to be nominated for a Lucie Technical Award?

In order for a product to be nominated for a Lucie Technical Award, the product must be released within the timeline stated in the nomination application and also must be in the appropriate category.

Who can nominate a product for The Lucie Technical Awards?

The Lucie Technical Awards accepts nominations from companies, manufacturers, our board members, and from our database of 50,000 plus photographers worldwide.

Who are the judges?

The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board is comprised of various members of the diverse photography community, including technology editors, editors, journalists, and consultants.

How are finalists chosen for The Lucie Technical Awards?

After the nomination deadline closes, all nominations are vetted to ensure they meet the qualifications – specifically the appropriate category and release date. The list of nominations is then finalized by a smaller selection of our Advisory Board members, primarily technology editors, to determine the finalists.

How are winners chosen for The Lucie Technical Awards?

The Lucie Technical Awards attaches great importance to the selection of the awards and strives to maintain an independent and fair procedure to select the winners for each category each year. The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board takes part in recognizing and rewarding deserving companies and individuals who share the passion of making incredible imagery through innovative technology. Board members only vote where it applies to their knowledge and expertise. We do not permit brand ambassadors or endorsed photographers to vote in any category that might result in a conflict of interest or bias.

The finalists are voted on by The Lucie Technical Awards Advisory Board using a numeric scoring system. The board votes on each product selected as a finalist using a point scale from one to ten- a score of one is the worst and a score of ten is the best. This scoring system is used for all of the categories. After all scores have been received, the average score of each finalist is computed. The finalist that receives the highest score is automatically deemed the winner of the category. It is the rating scale vote of all Advisory Board members that determines the winners. All results are final and are kept confidential until the press announcement  in October.

Is it possible to receive the board’s rating and comments?

Due to the high volume of entries, The Lucie Technical Awards does not offer individual comments to its entrants.

What do I get if I win a Lucie Technical Award?

The Lucie Tech Awards will provide your company with tremendous exposure and accolades in the industry and within the photography community.  The Lucie Foundation will be doing press releases, social media and e-mail blasts to promote the winners.  We will also be providing the Winners Logos for your use in your own advertisements, websites and promotions.  The Lucie Tech Award statue will be available for purchase if your company would like a physical award.

Can I purchase additional Lucie Technical Awards statues?

Yes, additional awards can be purchased. Please contact team@luciefoundation.org for more information.

MEDIA

2020 Press Releases

2020 Lucie Awards and Lucie Technical Awards Postponed

 

 2018 Press Releases

Fourth Annual Lucie Technical Awards Honoring the Year’s Photo-Related Innovations to Take Place Thursday, October 25, 2018

 

 2017 Press Releases

Third Annual Lucie Technical Awards Honoring the Year’s Photo-Related Innovations to Take Place Wednesday, October 25, 2017

3rd Annual Lucie Technical Awards Finalists Announced

3rd Annual Lucie Technical Awards Winners Announced 

 

2017 Press

PhotoPlus Expo continues in NYC

Camera Jabber: 3 Legged Thing win Best Tripod at the 2017 Lucie Technical Awards

LaCie 2Big Dock Thunderbolt 3 Named Best at Lucie Technical Awards at PhotoPlus

PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Announces “Special Events” Schedule Day Before Official Opening of Annual Photography Expo 

PDN- Here are the Winners of the 2017 Lucie Technical Awards

ShotFlow One Nominated For A Lucie Award!

Thank Tank Photo’s Airport Advantage Rolling Camera Bag Named “Best Camera Bag” at the 2017 Lucie Technical Awards

Luminar Wins Best Software Plugin

3 Legged Thing Winner Of ‘Best Tripod’ At Lucie Technology Awards

Fluotec named finalist for Lucie Award for second straight year  

Luminar 2018 Now Shipping

3rd Lucie Technical Awards Finalists Announced

 

2016 Press Releases

Announcing the 2nd Annual Lucie Technical Awards

The Lucie Technical Awards Finalists Announced

2nd Annual Lucie Technical Awards Winners Announced

 

2016 Press

Lucie Technical Awards & Test Drive Showcase Kick Off PPE 2016

Epson SureColor P8000 Receives Lucie Technical Award

RX1R II & 70-200mm f/2.8 GM Win 2016 Lucie Technical Awards

Lucie Technical Awards Honor Year’s Photo Innovators

Fluotec’s VegaLux 300 fresnel named Lucie Technical Award finalist

Capture Integration Blog, Recap: PhotoPlus Expo 2016

And the Winner Is…. Second Annual Lucie Technical Awards Crown Industry Innovators

XF 100mp Wins the Lucie Technical Award

ShotFlow One Nominated For a Lucie Technical Award!

Sigma Global Vision Lenses and Mount Converter Honored with 10 Awards in 2016

Sigma Global Vision Lenses and New Mount Converter Win Big in 2016

Lucie Technical Awards in Photography- South Brooklyn Network

 

2015 Press Releases

Announcing The Lucie Technical Awards

The Lucie Technical Awards Nominees Announced

The Lucie Technical Awards Winners Announced

 

2015 Press

Lucie Technical Awards Highlight the Great Gear Behind the Great Photos

Lucie Technical Awards Winers Announced

Canon U.S.A. Closes out 2015 with Industry Awards and Recognition Celebrating Continued Product Innovation

Sony Wins Big At The 2015 Lucie Tech Awards

Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipakâ„¢ Named ‘Best Camera Bag’ at First Annual Lucie Technical Awards

The Hasselblad H5D-50c takes the prize for “Best Medium Format Camera” at The Lucie Technical Awards!

Kickstarter Staff Pick & CES Award Winner, Lume Cube, Launches For The Holidays & Lights the Night for GoPro®, Smartphones, Digital Cameras and Casual Capture Devices™

Palette Nominated for Lucie Technical Award

Rotolight Neo Honoured to be Nominated for a Lucie Technical Award

SPONSORS

Lucie Foundation is supported by our members and by the generosity of our corporate, media and association partners and sponsors.

To learn more on how you can partner with us, please contact Alice Dison at team@luciefoundation.org