DPReview announces first annual awards at PIX 2015

pix2015-logoThe first annual 2015 DPReview Awards were announced at this week’s Photo Interactive Experience (PIX2015) conference and expo, taking place at the Seattle Center. The 12 winners spanned 11 categories and included camera and lens manufacturers. The panel of judges this year included DPReview editors, as well as Roger Cicala with LensRentals.com, who served as a guest judge for the lens category.

“PIX 2015 gave us the opportunity to do something we’ve wanted to do for a long time — present awards recognizing significant photographic gear that has been announced in the last year,” says Richard Butler, senior reviewer, DPReview. “The DPReview Awards take into account the technology, performance, value, our experiences and the sheer enjoyment we derived from photographing with these products.”

This year’s categories and winners are as follows:

  • DPReview Best Zoom Compact Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
  • DPReview Mobile Product of the Year: DxO ONE
  • Best Prime Lens Compact Camera: Leica Q
  • Consumer Stills/Video Camera of the Year: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
  • Best Consumer Crop-sensor ILC: Nikon D5500
  • Best High-End Crop-sensor ILC: Samsung NX1
  • Best Lens (Crop Sensor): Samsung NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 ED OIS
  • Best Lens (Full Frame): Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM
  • Best Full Frame System Camera (Joint Winner): Nikon D750 and Sony Alpha 7R II
  • DPReview Innovation Award: Samsung NX1
  • DPReview Product of the Year: Sony Alpha 7R II

Samsung #DitchTheDSLR Day comes to Seattle on Wednesday

Samsung Electronics America Inc. is bringing the highly successful #DitchTheDSLR movement to Seattle at the inaugural PIX Photo Expo and Conference hosted by DPReview, Amazon and PMA Wednesday, Oct. 7 starting 11 a.m. and lasting until supplies run out. Samsung will offer PIX show attendees the chance to receive the Samsung NX500 camera (valued at $799) by simply trading in their DSLRs. This program has previously seen nearly 1,000 DSLRs traded in at events in New York and Los Angeles.

“Since the first #DitchTheDSLR event, Samsung has made major strides in the digital imaging category with industry-leading innovation,” says Gary Riding, senior vice president, Mobile Computing, Samsung Electronics America.

To be eligible to ditch, attendees must be registered for the PIX conference, and can register for free. PIX attendees will have the opportunity to put their new NX500 to the test and participate in local photo walks led by Ibarionex Perello and Rinzi Ruiz alongside DPReview editors.

PIX 2015 announces re:FRAME Photography Talks

reframe_logoPhoto Interactive Experience (PIX 2015), presented by DPReview, in association with Amazon and PMA, has an inspiring lineup of speakers at its upcoming two-day, live-streamed expo and conference being beginning tomorrow at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA.

re:FRAME Photography Talks will offer informative and inspiring discussions and presentations by a diverse line up of more than 30 professional photographers.

“We’re delighted to welcome such an impressive roster of photographers to speak during our re:FRAME Photography Talks,” says Simon Joinson, general manager, DPReview and PIX 2015 organizer. “Our speakers this year include some of the most prolific working photographers today who will discuss a variety of topics — including the power of photography to make an impact, and its vital role in educating and connecting people around the globe.”

Highlights from this year’s speakers during re:FRAME include:

  • PIX 2015 Keynote Speaker Cristina Mittermeier: Mittermeier, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues surrounding fisheries and indigenous cultures. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers and was recognized as one of the World’s 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Photographer
  • PIX 2015 Closing Speaker Brian Ach: Ach is a New York-based Samsung Image-logger/photographer who blurs the lines between editorial and commercial photography. From traveling with Prince as his European tour photographer to portraiture with top celebrities, Ach is equally adept behind-the-scenes, on location or in the studio. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, People, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The NY Times, and Travel and Leisure.
  • David Fitzsimmons: A leader in the children and nature movement, his “Curious Critters” picture books have sold more than 100,000 copies
  • Tim Matsui: An Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker whose work focuses on human trafficking, alternative energy, and the environment
  • Brian Smith: A Pulitzer-prize winning photographer who focuses on celebrity portraits; work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time and Forbes
  • Aaron Huey: A National Geographic photographer who’s captured stories around the world, which have also appeared in Harper’s magazine
  • Laura Winslow: Portrait and commercial photographer whose work has appeared in Real Simple, Rangefinder and on HGTV.com
  • Ibarionex Perello: Host and producer of ‘The Candid Frame’ photography podcast and contributor to MaximumFun, which produces NPR’s Bullseye
  • Rick Sammon: A Canon Explorer of Light, known as one of the most prolific working photographers today
  • Lynette Johnson: A family and wedding photographer who photographs those enduring life-threatening situations through her non-profit ‘Soulumination’
  • Devin Allen: His photos of the 2014 Ferguson riots have been shared by media organizations around the world, including Time magazine
  • Benjamin Von Wong: His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts
  • Max Lowe: A National Geographic photographer and writer who shares his experiences of extraordinary moments, wildlife, people and places

All of the speakers will share thought-provoking and inspiring stories about the impact of photography on their lives and work. Each discussion, including the keynote and closing speech, will be live-streamed via pix2015.com, Amazon, and other partner sites. For the complete list and schedule of speakers during re:FRAME at PIX 2015, please visit: www.pix2015.com/schedule

PMA InnovationNow drives “photo explosion” conversation

Gaby Mullinax, Fullterton Photographics; TJ Rak, The Artona Group; Haim Ariav, Glossy Finish by Lifetouch; and Paul Atkins, Atkins Photo, were on the lively "Getting There…Reinventing the Output Creation Experience" panel.

Gaby Mullinax, Fullterton Photographics; TJ Rak, The Artona Group; Haim Ariav, Glossy Finish by Lifetouch; and Paul Atkins, Atkins Photo, were on the lively “Getting There…Reinventing the Output Creation Experience” panel.

Attendees at day two of PMA InnovationNow Photo Business and Technology Summit agreed on one thing: The opportunity is enormous for the output business.

How to take advantage of this opportunity, as an industry, was the main topic of many heated discussions during yesterday’s summit at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.

Joe Rago, director of mobile innovation, at Walgreens explained how Walgreens leveraged a core advantage – brick-and-mortar stores – to drive and to facilitate mobile and web traffic. This included creating a third-party photo API, which has led to 160 integration in three years. Walgreens also reacted to competitors by doubling down on in-store photo products, where competitors were reducing the emphasis on the category. This even includes traditional snapshots:  “Never underestimate the power the 4-by-6 print (and square prints) to drive traffic to the store,” said Rago.

As moderator Scott Brownstein said yesterday, the “photo explosion” in recent years has been driven by technology, and two surprise speakers reinforced that viewpoint.

Bradley Horowitz, vice president, Photos and Streams, Google, said the recently launched “Google Photos is culmination of a lifetime of innovation” in his career. He noted Google is just beginning – “at the base of the pyramid” – in its involvement in the photo industry.
David Pearson, director business development, Amazon Cloud Drive, provided a full presentation on Amazon’s cloud strategy. He observed the “unconnected” populations are shrinking and, in 2016, up to 36 percent of content will be stored in the cloud. Consumers are adopting the cloud quickly, and Amazon is poised to be the platform for photo storage, sharing and product creation. Amazon is looking for partnerships to be the back-end provider to photo product providers, not only for storage, but also for other functions, like image recognition, organization, and categorization.
The afternoon sessions featured extensive panel discussions with industry stakeholders – single-store retailers and labs, online service providers, mass merchandisers, pro photographers and more – discussing ways to open the photo output market beyond today’s limited infrastructure. For PMA members, the InnovationNow session recordings will soon be available at the just-launched Knowledge Hub in the new PMA website.

 (Photos above, courtesy of Martin Wagner, Ringfoto)

PIX2015 to let consumers experience world of photography with a live-streamed expo, conference

pix2015-logoPhoto Interactive Experience (PIX2015) is a first-of-its-kind family-friendly live-streamed expo, conference and interactive photo playground taking place Oct 67 at the Seattle Center’s Expo Hall and McCaw Hall, Seattle, Wash. This exciting event will also be live streamed to viewers around the world via pix2015.com.

Presented by the world’s leading digital photography website, DPReview, in association with Amazon.com and Photo Marketing Association, PIX2015 is ideal for seasoned photo enthusiasts, photography novices looking to improve their photo-taking abilities, and those with a passion for photography who are inspired by powerful stories told through the lens of a camera, according to organizers.

“This is an exciting time in the world of photography, with more photos being taken and shared than ever before. PIX 2015 is a celebration of the creative possibilities offered by the latest cameras, accessories and software,” said Simon Joinson, general manager, DPReview and the event’s organizer. “We have two stages featuring a stellar lineup of speakers, including some of the best photographers in the world, and a hall full of all the latest gear, unique hands-on photo activities, shooting opportunities and experts to help visitors learn how to capture, and share, stunning images of their friends, families and life events. Also, I’m very excited that we’ll be live streaming video at many of the events and talks as they happen at PIX 2015 on October 6th and 7th, and archiving it for a worldwide audience and for future generations of photographers to learn from and enjoy.”

PIX2015: The expo

The live expo on Oct 6-7 is designed as a ‘photography playground’ with demo stages, interactive touch exhibits, and a wide variety of hands-on shooting experiences for photographers of all ages and levels of experience. The exciting world of creative photography and videography technology will be on full display by leading companies in the industry, featuring everything from the latest cameras and accessories to photo manipulation software and apps.

Camera and lens makers including Sony, Samsung, Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon and Sigma will be demonstrating their latest products and answering questions regarding their equipment. Visitors will be able to watch photography demonstrations and try their hands at techniques with expert instruction so they can experience firsthand how to take great photos in a variety of shooting scenarios. Visitors will also be able to take advantage of special show pricing on an enticing selection of the latest photo gear, courtesy of Amazon.com.


Taking place in the beautiful lecture theater at McCaw Hall, Re:FRAME is a two-day program featuring a diverse line-up of some of the best photographers in the world sharing thought-provoking and inspiring stories about the impact of photography in their lives and work. All discussions and keynote presentations will be streamed live on pix2015.com, Amazon.com and other partner sites.

Reserved-seat passes for the Re:FRAME program of talks are available for a fee, in very limited quantities at www.pix2015.com.

The entire program of talks, panels, presentations and demos from the expo hall stage and all the re:FRAME talks will be streamed live on the pix2015.com website (as well as on Amazon.com and Twitch.tv). Online visitors will be able to watch edited highlights from the show floor as well as being able to take advantage of the special show deals on the latest camera gear courtesy of Amazon.com. Once the event concludes, the entire collection of talks, demos and show floor highlights will be available online at DPReview, PIX2015.com and on other video platforms.