The 6th Annual Lucie Technical Awards has been postponed until 2021.

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

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 papers, printers, inks, and software and more. The Lucie Technical Awards is the newest initiative of the prestigious Lucie Awards.

 

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 at The Imaging Resource. The Advisory Board is comprised of 15 technical editors from esteemed magazines, websites, and YouTube channels. We then reach out to 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.

Please note that 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 shot 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, please plan on sending the product to one of our board members to test the product. Please contact Lori Reale at lreale@luciefoundation.org for details on that. A formal application form will be sent at the time we seek nominations in mid-August.

We would love to include the most innovative and newest products available at the time of PhotoPlus Expo when the LTA’s take place on October 24th. While nominations are due in Mid-August, please provide us with an NDA for any products coming out up to PhotoPlus Expo so they can be included. You can be assured 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 WILL THE CATEGORIES BE?

Camera
• Best Compact Camera (small sensor cameras including action cameras, premium ultra-compact, and 360 cameras)
• Best Fixed-Lens Camera (any sized sensor, non ILC)
• Best Instant Camera
• Best Small-Format Camera (APS-C and Micro 4/3 ILC system)
• Best Full-Frame Camera
• Best Medium Format Camera

Camera Accessories
• Best Day-Use Camera Bag
• Best Adventure Camera Bag
• Best Tripod
• Best Camera Accessory

Other
• Best Consumer Drone
• Best Professional Prone
• Best Professional Desktop Computing System
• Best Professional Laptop Computing System

Lens
• Best Wide-Angle Prime
• Best Standard Prime
• Best Telephoto Prime
• Best Wide Angle Zoom (0-35mm range)
• Best Standard Zoom (24-105mm range)
• Best Telephoto Zoom (70-infinity range)
• Best Special Purpose Lens (tilt shift, macro, etc.)
• Best Cinema Prime
• Best Cinema Zoom

Lighting
• Best Continuous Light Source
• Best Studio Strobe
• Best Speedlight/Compact Strobe
• Best Multi-Color Continuous Light Source
• Best Lighting Modifier

Software
• Best Photo Editing Software (mobile and desktop)
• Best Software Plugin
• Best Video Editing Software (mobile and desktop)

Storage
• Best Mobile Backup Solution
• Best Desktop Backup Solution
• Best Memory Card

Special Category (Nominated and Chosen by the LTA board)
• Achievement of Technical Innovation, 2019
• Camera of the Year, 2018/2019

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.

 

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. However, we will also be selling the logo for your use in your own advertisements, websites and promotions. The cost this year will be $5000 for unlimited usage. We just wanted to make you aware of that now as you plan for your budgets.

 

TIMELINE:

• July 1 reminder with deadline to manufacturers
• August 10 official deadline to send nominations
• Week of August 20 meeting in NYC with Advisory Board – Voting will be that week
• September 20 Nominations announced.
• October 1 Initiations sent to manufacturers know the date of the awards Please plan to be send a representative to the awards.
• October 24th LTA’s at the Javits Center at approximately 5:30-6:00

 

THE LUCIE TECHNICAL AWARDS ADVISORY BOARD

• Angela Nicholson – Future Publishing’s Head of Testing
• Dr. Michael Pritchard – Director of the Royal Photographic Society
• Bob Rose – Editor-at-Large for PDN and Rangefinder Magazines, Industry Consultant, and Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology
• Jaron Schneider – Senior Writer, The Imaging Resource and Technical Editor for The Lucie Foundation
• David Schloss – Vice President, Pixel Shift
• Matt Golowczynski – Editor, DigitalCameraWorld.com at Future plc
• Greg Scoblete – Editor Rangefinder and Photo District News
• Jason Schneider – Senior Editor, Digital Imaging Reporter
• Wes Pitts – Outdoor Photographer Editor
• Terry Sullivan – Digital Photo Pro Editor
• Ted Forbes – The Art of Photography YouTube Station
• Gordan Laing – Editor, Camera Labs
• Dan Watson – Learning Cameras YouTube Station
• Chris Niccolls – DP Review

 

SUBMIT

This years LTA’s has been postponed, please stay tuned for further information regarding the 2021 awards.

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

techawards@lucies.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, creative directors, writers and industry professionals – all whom have dedicated their careers to photography and the technology behind it.


Lauren Wendle: Chair, The Lucie Techncial Awards Advisory Board


Jeanette Moses

Editor, PopPhoto.com

Wes Pitts

Editor, Outdoor Photographer

Matt Golowczynski
Editor, DigitalCameraWorld.com at Future plc
London, UK

Terry Sullivan

Editor, Digital Photo Pro

Ted Forbes

The Art of Photography YouTube Station

Angela Nicholson 

Future Publishing’s Head of Testing

Henley-on-Thames, UK

Dr. Michael Pritchard

Director of The Royal Photographic Society

Somerset, UK

Dan Watson

Learning Cameras YouTube Station

David Schloss

Vice President, Pixel Shift

New York, NY

Bob Rose

Editor-at-Large for PDN and Rangefinder Magazines, Industry Consultant, and Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology 

New York, NY

Jason Schneider

Senior Editor, Digital Imaging Reporter

New York, NY

Jaron Schneider

Section Editor, A/V at Digital Trends and Technical Editor for the Lucie Foundation

San Francisco, CA

Greg Scoblete

Editor, Rangefinder and Photo District News Magazines

New York, NY

Gordon Laing
Editor, Camera Labs
Chris Niccolls
DP Review

AWARDS

2019 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

CAMERA

 

Best Compact Cinema Camera:

Blackmagic Design – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K
WINNER – Panasonic – Lumix S1H
Sigma – fp

Best Compact Camera / Fixed-Lens

Camera:

Canon – PowerShot G5x Mark II
Canon – PowerShot G7X Mark III
Olympus – Tough TG-6
Ricoh – GR III
WINNER – Sony – RX100 Mark VII

 

Best Instant Camera:

WINNER – Fujifilm – Instax Mini LiPlay Instant Camera
Polaroid – Originals OneStep+
Canon – Ivy Cliq+

 

Best Small-Format Camera:

WINNER – FUJIFILM – X-T30
Olympus – OM-D E-M1X
Sony – A6100
Sony – A6400
Sony – A6600
Canon – M6 II

 

Best Full-Frame Camera:

Nikon – Z6
Nikon – Z7
Panasonic – Lumix S1
Panasonic – Lumix S1R
WINNER – Sony – A7R IV

 

Best Medium Format Camera:

WINNER – Fujifilm – GFX100
Hasselblad – X1D II 50C
Phase One – IQ4
Hasselblad – 907X Special Edition

Best Special Purpose Compact Camera:

WINNER – Go Pro – Hero 7
Insta360 – ONE X
Insta360 – Titan
WINNER – DJI – Osmo Action
DJI – Osmo Pocket

 

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

 

Best Day-Use Camera Bag:

Tamrac – Runyon
Tenba – Fulton 14L Backpack
WINNER – Think Tank Photo – Retrospective 7 V2

Shoulder Bag
Think Tank Photo – Urban Access Backpack
Think Tank Photo – Vision 15 Shoulder Bag

 

Best Adventure Camera Bag:

WINNER – Mission Workshop – Rhake bag
Tamrac – Anvil 27
Tenba – Axis 24 Backpack
Think Tank Photo – BackLight Elite 45L Backpack
Think Tank Photo – PhotoCross 15 Backpack

 

Best Tripod :

Manfrotto – Nitrotech 612
WINNER – Peak Design – Travel Tripod
Sirui – W-1204 Tripod

 

Best Camera Accessory :

WINNER – FeiyuTech – AK4500
Olympus – MC-20 Converter
Moza –  Air 2
DJI – Ronin SC
X-Rite – ColorChecker Passport Photo 2

Westcott H2Pro Weight Bag

 

STORAGE

 

Best Mobile Backup Solution:

G-Technology – G-DRIVE mobile Pro SSD (2TB)
Gnarbox 2
ioSafe – Solo Hawk
WINNER – LaCie – DJI Copilot
LaCie – Rugged RAID shuttle

 

Best Desktop Backup Solution: 

G-Technology – GSpeed Shuttle SSD with Thunderbolt 3 (32TB)
WINNER – G-Technology – GSpeed Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 (112TB)
LaCie – 2big RAID
TerraMaster – D2

 

Best Memory Card:

SanDisk  – Extreme 1TB UHS-I SD card
ProGrade – Digital Cobalt V90 SD card
Sony – 120GB XQD
Sony – SSD mini for Atomos
WINNER – Sony – Tough 128GB SD card

LENS

 

Best Wide-Angle Prime Lens:

FUJINON – XF16mm F2.8 R WR Lens
Sigma – 28mm F1.4 Art
WINNER – Sigma – 35mm F1.2 Art
Sony – FE 35mm F1.8
Tamron – SP 35mm F1.4

 

Best Standard Prime Lens:

Canon – RF 50mm F-1.2L
WINNER – Hasselblad – XCD 65 F2.8
Hasselblad – XCD 80 F1.9
Sigma – 40mm F1.4 Art
Zeiss  – 40mm F2

 

Best Telephoto Prime Lens:

Canon – RF 85mm F1.2
Nikon – NIKKOR Z 85mm F1.8 S
Sigma – 105mm F1.4 Art
WINNER – Sony – FE 135mm F1.8 GM
Sony – FE 600mm F4 GM OSS

 

Best Wide Angle Zoom Lens:

Fujifilm – 8-16mm F2.8
Nikon – NIKKOR Z 14-30mm F4 S
WINNER – Sigma – 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art
Sony – 16-55mm F2.8 G
Tamron – 17-28mm F2.8

 

Best Standard Zoom Lens:

Canon – 24-105mm F4 RF
WINNER – Canon – 28-70mm F2 RF
Hasselblad – XCD 35-75 F3.5-4.5
Nikon – NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Tamron – 35-150mm F2.8-4

 

Best Telephoto Zoom Lens:

Canon  – RF 24-240mm F4-6.3
Sigma – 60-600mm F5.6-6.3 Sport
Sigma – 70-200mm F2.8
Sony – 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS
WINNER – Sony – FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS

 

Best Special Purpose Lens:

Laowa – 4mm F2.8 Micro Four Thirds
WINNER – Laowa – 100mm F2.8 2x Macro

 

Best Cinema Lens:

Angénieux Optimo Primes
Canon Sumire Prime
WINNER – ZEISS Otus 100mm F1.4

 

LIGHTING

 

Best Light Source:

Litra – Studio
Lume Cube – AIR LED Light
Rotolight – Titan
Westcott – FJ400
WINNER – Westcott – RGBW Flex Cine System

 

SOFWARE

 

Best Photo Editing Software:

Adobe  Lightroom
WINNER – Capture One 12
Hasselblad Phocus Mobile 2
Luminar  3
Photo Mechanic 6

 

Best Software Plugin:

Luminar 3 plugin
WINNER – Luminar FLEX

 

Best Video Editing Software:

Adobe Premiere Rush
WINNER – Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 16
Luma Fusion

Sony SF-G Tough

 

SPECIAL CATEGORIES

 

Achievement of Technical Innovation 2019:      

Panasonic’s deep learning autofocus algorithm found in the S1, S1R and S1H
WINNER – Sony’s Real-Time tracking
ProGrade Digital for the Refresh Pro SD card health software
Peak Design Travel Tripod design
Adobe’s Content-Aware for video in After Effects

 

Camera of the Year 2018/2019:

WINNER – Sony A7R IV
Panasonic S1H
Olympus OM-D E-M1X
Hasselblad X1D II 50C
Fujifilm GFX100
Nikon Z6
Canon EOS R
Leica ME

 

Chuck Westfall Award:

WINNER – Bob Rose – Assistant Professor, Photographic Arts & Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.)
Drew Simcox – Program Director of Photography at Harcum College (PA)
Rudy Winston – Technical Advisor, Canon USA
Scott Kelby – CEO and President, KelbyOne
Tony Corbell – Photographic Lighting Educator / Commercial Photographer
Steve Heiner – Senior Technical Manager, Nikon

2018 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

CAMERA

 

BEST 360 CAMERA

GoPro Fusion CHDHZ-103-FW

Humaneyes Vuze +

*Winner: Insta360 Pro 2

Ricoh THETA V

 

BEST ACTION CAMERA

Fujifilm FinePix XP130

*Winner: GoPro Hero

Yi Discovery Action Camera

 

BEST CAMERA DRONE

DJI Inspire 2 and Zenmuse X7

*Winner: DJI Mavic2pro

DJI Phantom 4 Pro v2.0

Parrot Anafi

Yuneec Mantis Q

Yuneec Typhoon H+

 

BEST FIXED-LENS CAMERA

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Fujifilm XF10

Kodak PIXPRO AZ901 Astro Zoom Camera

Nikon COOLPIX P1000

LUMIX 4K Digital Camera ZS200

*Winner: Sony RX100 VI

 

BEST INSTANT CAMERA

*Winner: Fujifilm instax Square SQ6

Lomo Instant Square Glass Pigalle

MiNT InstantKon RF70

Polaroid OneStep +

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF

 

BEST SMALL FORMAT SYSTEM CAMERA

Canon EOS M50

Fujifilm X-T100

Fujifilm X-A5

Fujifilm X-H1

Leica CL

Panasonic LUMIX GH5s

*Winner: Panasonic LUMIX G9 PRO

Olympus PEN E-PL9

 

BEST FULL FRAME SYSTEM CAMERA

Pentax K-1 Mark II

Sony a7 III

*Winner: Sony a7 RIII

 

BEST MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA SYSTEM

Hasselblad A6D-100c

Hasselblad H6D-400c MS

Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic

*Winner: Phase One IQ4 150MP

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

 

BEST CAMERA BAG

Exposure 15 Shoulder Bag

Gitzo Adventury 45L Back Pack

Lowepro FreeLine BP 350

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L

Tenba Cooper Backpack

Tenba DNA 15 Backpack

Tenba Solstice 24L Backpack

ThinkTank Backlight 18L Camera Backpack

ThinkTank Lens Changer 150

ThinkTank MindShift Exposure 15 Shoulder Bag

ThinkTank Tripod Manager 44

*Winner: Vanguard ALTA Fly 55T Trolley Backpack

 

BEST SPEEDLIGHT

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Leica SF-60

*Winner: Profoto A1

Sony HVL-F60RM

 

BEST TRIPOD

3 Legged Thing – Billy

3 Legged Thing – Brian

*Winner: Manfrotto Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber

Travel Tripod

Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CGHT

 

BEST INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

3 Legged Thing – Alankit Monopod

*Winner: Gitzo Fluid Gimbal Head

Hasselblad A6D-100c Camera

Hasselblad H6D-400c MS Camera

Hasselblad Tripod Mount Ring 75mm

Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 Lens

Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3,5 Macro Lens

Hasselblad XPan Lens Adapter

Hive Hornet 200-C Light

Leica M10-P

Leica M10 edition Zagato Camera

Westcott Eyelighter 2 Light Modifier

Westcott H2Pro Weight Bag

LENS

 

BEST WIDE ANGLE PRIME LENS

*Winner: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary

Zeiss Loxia 2.4/25

 

BEST STANDARD PRIME LENS

Cosina Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical

Pentax HD Pentax-D FA 50mmF1.4 SDM AW

*Winner: Rokinon SP50mm f/1.2

 

BEST TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS

*Winner: Canon EF 85 f/1.4 L

Fujinon XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR

Leica Noctilux-M 75

Leica Summicron-SL 90

Panasonic Leica DG Elmarit 200mm / F2.8 / Power O.I.S.

Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

 

BEST WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS

Fujinon XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR

Fujinon XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ

Leica 16-35mm SL

*Winner: Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art

Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 DI OSD

 

BEST MEDIUM RANGE ZOOM LENS

Fujinon Lens MKX18-55mmT2.9

Fujinon Lens MKX50-135mmT2.9

*Winner: Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD

 

BEST TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS

Canon EF 70-200mm f4L IS II USM

*Winner: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

Tamron 100-400MM F/4.5-6.3 DI VC USD

Tamron 70-210MM F/4 DI VC USD

BEST SPECIAL PURPOSE LENS

Leica Thambar-M 90/2.2

*Winner: Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art

Venus Optics 24mm f/14 Macro Probe

 

BEST MEDIUM FORMAT LENS

Fujinon GF45mmF2.8 R WR

Fujinon GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR

Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 Lens

*Winner: Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3,5 Macro Lens

 

LIGHTING

 

BEST CONTINUOUS LIGHT SOURCE

Fluotec Vegalux 200 UHP

*Winner: Westcott Solix

Lowel Go Lite

K5600 Joker2

 

BEST BICOLOR LIGHT SOURCE

Fotodiox Pro FACTOR Radius Mini Wide Angle – 4″x9″

Fotodiox Pro FACTOR Radius 1 – 1’x2′

*Winner: Fotodiox Pro FACTOR Radius 3 – 3’x2′

Fotodiox PopSpot Ultra 100 Focusing Spot

 

BEST TRICOLOR + LIGHT SOURCE

Hive Hornet 200-C

Anthem One

Luxli Viola

*Winner: Luxli Cello

Luxli Timpani

 

BEST LIGHT MODIFIER

Broncolor Litepipe P

Fotodiox Lantern Softbox

*Winner: Westcott Rapid Box Switch System

 

SOFWARE

 

BEST PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

*Winner: Adobe Lightroom CC

Alienskin Exposure X3

Capture One Pro 11

ON1 Photo RAW 2018

Skylum Aurora HDR 2018

Skylum Luminar 2018

Skylum Photolemur 2.3

 

BEST SOFTWARE PLUGIN

Capture Integration Shotflow 2.0

*Winner: Excire Search Pro

ON1 Resize 2018

 

BEST BACKUP SOLUTION

G-Drive Mobile Pro SSD

Lacie DJI Copilot

OWC Thunderblade

*Winner: SanDisk Extreme Portable SDSSDE60-1T00-G25

Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3

WD My Passport SSD

 

BEST MEMORY CARD

Delkin Devices Premium 2933X XQD Cards

*Winner: ProGrade Digital CFast 2.0

Sandisk Extreme UHS-1 microSD

Sony SF-G Tough

2017 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

CAMERA

 

BEST INSTANT CAMERA

*WINNER: Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ10

Leica Sofort

Lomo Instant Automat Glass Magellan

MiNT SLR670-S Noir

Polaroid SNAP Touch Instant Digital Camera

 

BEST FIXED-LENS COMPACT CAMERA

*WINNER: Fujifilm X100F

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

LUMIX DC-ZS70

Sony RX 100V

 

BEST ACTION CAMERA

*WINNER: Olympus TOUGH TG-5

FUJIFILM FinePix XP120

GoPro Hero5 Black

KODAK PIXPRO ORBIT360 4K

Nikon KeyMission 170

Ricoh WG-50

Sony FDR-X3000R

 

BEST SMALL FORMAT SYSTEM CAMERA

*WINNER: Panasonic Lumix GH5

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

Fujifilm X-T20

Leica TL2

Nikon D7500

Pentax KP

 

BEST FULL FRAME SYSTEM CAMERA

*WINNER: Sony a9

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Leica M10

 

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

 

BEST CAMERA DRONE

*WINNER: DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Spark

GDU Byrd Premium 2.0

 

BEST CAMERA BAG

*WINNER: Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage

Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger Bag

Lowepro Flipside 300 AW II

Manfrotto Pro Light 3N1-36

Manfrotto Pro Light Bumblebee-230

MindShift Gear PhotoCross™ 13

ThinkTank Photo Spectral™ 10

Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0

Vanguard Alta Sky 51D

 

BEST TRIPOD

*WINNER: 3 Legged Thing Equinox Leo Carbon Fibre Tripod

System & AirHed Switch

BENRO Slim Carbon Fiber TSL08CN00 Tripod

Gitzo GT3543XLS Series 3 Systematic Tripod XL

Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB100

Vanguard VEO 2 265CB Carbon Fiber

LENS

 

BEST WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS

*WINNER: Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G

 

BEST MEDIUM RANGE ZOOM LENS

*WINNER: Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art

 

BEST TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS

*WINNER: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2

 

BEST SPECIAL PURPOSE LENS

*WINNER: Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art

Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

Nikon AF-S Nikkor Fisheye 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED

Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED

 

BEST MEDIUM FORMAT SYSTEM CAMERA

*WINNER: Fujifilm GFX 50S

Hasselblad X1D-50c

Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic

 

LIGHTING

 

BEST CONTINUOUS LIGHT SOURCE

*WINNER: ARRI SkyPanel S120-C

Fluotec AURALUX 100 LED Fresnel

Fotodiox PopSpot J-500

Hive Lighting Wasp 100-C™

Polaroid Flexible LED Lighting Panel with 4-Channel Remote Control

Rotolight AEOS

 

BEST SPEEDLIGHT

*WINNER: Metz Mecablitz M400

Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite

Godox Witstro AD200 Pocket Flash

Hähnel MODUS 600RT

Yongnuo YN686EX-RT TTL

 

SOFWARE

 

BEST PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

*WINNER: Capture One Pro 10.1

Adobe Photoshop CC 2017.1.1

Alien Skin Exposure X2

Aurora HDR 2017

LandscapePro 2

Macphun Luminar

On1 Photo RAW 2017 VERSION 2017.6

Topaz Labs Studio

 

BEST SOFTWARE PLUGIN

*WINNER: Macphun Luminar

Alien Skin Exposure X2

Aurora HDR 2017

ShotFlow One

 

BEST BACKUP SOLUTION

*WINNER: LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

G-Technology G-DRIVE® USB-C™

Promise Technology Pegasus3 R8

QNAP TVS-882ST3

Samsung Portable SSD T5

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB Drive

Synology DS1517+

 

BEST INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

*WINNER: Leica M10

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Spark

Fujifilm GFX 50S

Hive Lighting Wasp 100-C™

Leica TL2

Manfrotto Xume Lens Adapter 77mm

Westcott Omega Reflector 360

Olympus PEN-F

2016 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

CAMERA

 

BEST INSTANT CAMERA

*WINNER: Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 70

IMPOSSIBLE I-1

Lomo’Instant Wide

MiNT InstantFlex TL 70 2.0

Polaroid Snap Touch

 

BEST ACTION CAMERA

*WINNER: Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker

Drift Compass

RICOH WG-M2

Xiaomi Yi 4K Action Camera

 

BEST SMALL FORMAT SYSTEM CAMERA

*WINNER: Nikon D500

Canon EOS 80D

Fujifilm X-Pro2

Olympus PEN-F

Panasonic Lumix GX85

Sony a6300

 

BEST FIXED-LENS COMPACT CAMERA

*WINNER: Sony RX1R II

Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II

Fujifilm X70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100

 

BEST FULL FRAME SYSTEM CAMERA

*WINNER: Nikon D5

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Leica M (Typ 262)

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Pentax K-1

 

BEST MEDIUM FORMAT SYSTEM CAMERA

*WINNER: Phase One XF 100MP

Hasselblad H6D-50c

 

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

 

BEST CAMERA BAG

*WINNER: Lowepro StreetLine BP 250

Fujifilm X Series Domke F-803

Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210 Backpack

MindShift Gear UltraLight Dual 36L

Peak Design Everyday Messenger 13″

Tenba Cooper 13 Slim

 

BEST SPEEDLIGHT

*WINNER: Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Fujifilm EF-X500

Nikon Speedlight SB-5000

Nissin i60A

Sigma Electronic Flash EF-630

LENS

 

BEST STANDARD ZOOM LENS

*WINNER: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

HD PENTAX-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6ED DC WR

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90 mm f/2.8-4 ASPH.

Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm LS f/4.0-5.6

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM

 

BEST TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS

*WINNER: AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f/4.0 IS PRO

Sony FE 85mmf/4 GM

Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

 

BEST TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS

*WINNER: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS

Fujinon XF100-400 f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280 mm f/2.8-4

Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm f/4-6.3 ASPH.

Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS

 

BEST WIDE ANGLE PRIME LENS

*WINNER: Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Fujinon XF35mmF2 f/2.0 R WR

Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2.0 ASPH

Leica Summilux-TL 35mm f/1.4 ASPH

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

 

LIGHTING

 

BEST CONTINUOUS LIGHT SOURCE

*WINNER: Fiilex Matrix

Adaptalux

F&V UltraColor Z400S Soft Bi-Color LED Panel

Fluotec VegaLux 300

Yongnuo YN360

 

BEST LIGHT MODIFIER

*WINNER: Profoto OCF Beauty Dish

Chimera Lighting TECH Multi Bracket with OctaTECH Lightbank

Lastolite Ezybounce Bounce Card

Phottix Spartan Beauty Dish

Rapid Box Beauty Dish

 

SOFWARE

 

BEST LARGE FORMAT INKJET PRINTER

*WINNER:Epson SureColor P8000

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO 2000

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO 4000

Epson SureColor P6000

 

 

BEST PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

*WINNER:  Adobe Photoshop CC (2015.5)

Adobe Lightroom 6.6

Capture One Pro 9

DxO OpticsPro 11

ON1 Photo 10

 

BEST SOFTWARE PLUGIN

*WINNER: Alien Skin Exposure X

Macphun Creative Kit 2016

PortraitPro v15

ShotFlow One

Topaz DeNoise 6

 

BEST INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

*WINNER: DJI Phantom 4

Broncolor Siros L Monolights

HoldFast Gear Sightseer Backpack

Olympus PEN-F

2015 – FINALISTS & WINNERS

CAMERA

 

BEST FULL FRAME CAMERA

*WINNER: Sony a7R II

Canon EOS 5DS/ 5DS R

Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

Leica Q

Nikon D750

Sony a7R II

Sony A7S II

 

BEST MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA

*WINNER: Hasselblad H5D-50c

Hasselblad H5D-50c

Leica S (Typ 007)

Mamiya Leaf Credo 50

Phase One A-Series System

Phase One XF IQ3 System

 

BEST ACTION CAMERA

*WINNER: GoPro HERO4 Session

GoPro Hero+LCD

GoPro HERO4 Session

Graava Action Camera

Ricoh WG-M1 Waterproof Action Camera

Sony FDR-X1000V

TomTom Bandit Action Camera

 

BEST INSTANT FILM & CAMERA

*WINNER: Lomography Lomo’Instant White Edition Camera

Impossible Project Generation 2 B&W Film

Impossible Project Round Frame Color Film

Instant Lab Universal

Lomography Lomo’Instant White Edition Camera

Polaroid Snap

Supersense 66/6 Instant Pinhole Camera

 

BEST CROP SENSOR CAMERA

*WINNER: Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Fujifilm X-T10

Olympus OM-­D E M10 Mark II

Panasonic GX8

Pentax K3 II

 

BEST DARKROOM

*WINNER: Labyrinth Photographic, London

Bostick & Sullivan, New Mexico

CatLABS of JP, Boston

Contact Photo Lab, Los Angeles

Labyrinth Photographic, London

 

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

 

BEST CAMERA BAG

*WINNER: ThinkThank Photo Airport Helipak Backpack

Johansen Bellbrook Backpack

Lowepro Echelon Series

Manfrotto 20L Offroad Hiking Camera Bag

Mindshift Gear Higher Volume Rotation180 Horizon Backpack

ONA Black Berlin II Camera Bag

Peak Design, The Everyday Messenger Bag

ThinkThank Photo Airport Helipak Backpack

 

BEST TRIPOD

*WINNER: Gitzo Traveler Series 1

Benro Aero 4 Travel Tripod Kit

Gitzo Traveler Series 1

Manfrotto Fluid Base

Platypod Pro

Sirui W 2204

Vanguard VEO 265CB Tripod

LENS

 

BEST SUPERZOOM LENS

*WINNER: AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F/5.6E ED VR

AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F/5.6E ED VR

AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

AF-S Nikkor 500mm F/4E FL ED VR

AF-S Nikkor 600mm F/4 VR Lens

Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-­5.6L IS II USM

Fujinon XF90mm F/2 R LM WR

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S

 

BEST WIDE ANGLE LENS

*WINNER: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II

Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II USM

Fujinon XF16mmF1.4 R WR

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II

 

BEST ZOOM LENS

*WINNER: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II

AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F/2.8 ED VR

AF‐S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F/2.8-­4E ED VR

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | A

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD

Tokina 24-70mm F/2.8

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II

 

LIGHTING

 

BEST LED LIGHTING ELEMENT

*WINNER: ARRI SkyPanel & Lume Cube (tied)

Adaptalux

ARRI SkyPanel

FIILEX Q500-­DC

Lume Cube

Manfrotto Lumie Series

Nova Bluetooth Flashes

Rotolight NEO

Westcott Flex

 

SOFWARE

 

BEST SOFTWARE

*WINNER: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Adobe 2015 Creative Cloud Release

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6

Datacolor Spyder5

Defrozo

DxO ViewPoint v2.5

Flipboard

Lytro Desktop 4.3

Palette

Pixelmator for iPad

Serif Affinity Photo

 

BEST MEMORY CARD

*WINNER: SanDisk High Endurance Video Monitoring microSDHC and microSDXC Memory Card

Eyefi Mobi Pro

Lexar 1000x microSD UHS‐II Card

Lexar 3400x CFast 2.0 Card

SanDisk High Endurance Video Monitoring microSDHC and microSDXC Memory Card

SanDisk Ultra® 200GB* MicroSDXC™ UHS-I card

PHOTOS FROM LUCIE TECHNICAL AWARDS

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.

The Imaging Alliance actively promotes the economic growth and sustainable development of both current and future imaging applications. The alliance creates a sense of community among its members through philanthropic spirit in support of products and services that lead to innovation in capturing, printing, sharing, experiencing, enhancing, storing and distributing visual communication.

 

To become a sponsor or for specific questions, please email adison@luciefoundation.org

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: Mid-August

Finalists Announced: Mid-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, reviewers, journalists, and consultants.

To view all Advisory Board members, please visit http://tech.lucies.org/the-lucie-technical-awards-advisory-board/

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 awards presentation ceremony.

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 Technical Awards provides its winners with the Lucie Technical Award statue to help publicize their achievement. Winners are encouraged to display their statues at the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The Lucie Foundation offers unlimited usage of a personalized Lucie Tech Awards logo for your winning product for use in your press and marketing promotions. The cost of this is $5000 per award. Please contact lreale@luciefoundation.org or 858-204-8956 if you have any interest or questions.

Can I purchase additional Lucie Technical Awards statues?

Yes, additional awards can be purchased. Please contact techawards@lucies.org for more information.

Can I purchase additional Lucie Technical Awards plaques and/or certificates?

Yes, additional plaques and certificates for finalists are available for purchase. Please contact techawards@lucies.org for more information.