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Lucie Technical Awards introduce “Chuck Westfall Technical Education Award”

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Chuck Westfall © Harris Fogel

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. The Lucie Technical Awards are an initiative of the Lucie Foundation, and a sister program of The Lucie Awards. The Lucie Awards are hosted at Photo Plus Expo 2018.

For the first time the Lucie Technical Awards will present the “Chuck Westfall Technical Education Award“, named after the late Chuck Westfall, a Canon legend and the company’s most prominent spokesperson and “technical educator” for the masses. And a very nice person. Chuck Westfall passed away in March 2018.

Press release:

Los Angeles, CA—The fourth Lucie Technical Awards, an annual initiative of the Lucie Foundation and sister program of the Lucie Awards, will take place in New York City. The awards will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018, during the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by the 6:30 p.m. awards presentation.

Held just prior to the Lucie Awards weekend, the Lucie Technical Awards embraces a large and critical segment of the photographic community. The awards honor the large and small companies as well as the individuals that have advanced the photographic industry in a particular year. All-inclusive, these awards intend to encompass items such as cameras, lenses and lighting as well as accessories, printers, software and more.

Fourth Lucie Technical Awards Feature Chuck Westfall Award

In addition, this year for the first time, the Lucie Technical Awards will be presenting the Chuck Westfall Technical Education Award. The award is named in honor of the late legendary Canon spokesperson who was a “teacher of technology” to journalists and industry members for more than 35 years.

Despite his long battle with cancer, Chuck Westfall remained a transcendent, authentic spirit who loved photography and the photo industry. This distinguished honor is bestowed on an influential voice in the photographic industry who displays an extraordinary commitment to as well as love for the art and technology of photography.

Moreover, the recipient will have demonstrated a tireless effort to share their extensive knowledge with others, either through interactions with the media, written or published documents, as well as public appearances and presentations.

“For the fourth year in a row, we spotlight an ever-growing segment of our beloved photographic community by embracing those whose penchant for the technological lifts up the talented image makers. Many of whom we honor just a few days later at the Lucie Awards,” said Hossein Farmani, the founder of the Lucie Technical Awards. “It is also with great pleasure that we add the Chuck Westfall Technical Education Award, to the festivities.”

The 16th Annual Lucie Awards will follow on Sunday, October 28, at Zankel Hall in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Nominations Open

Moreover, experts in the field of photography and members of the public can contribute to the nomination process. The goal again is to recognize and reward deserving companies and also individuals whose efforts have advanced the careers of image makers.

Nominations are free and are open until August 17, 2018. To nominate, visit tech.lucies.org/nominate.

Lucie Technical Awards Categories

In addition to the Chuck Westfall Technical Education Award, honors will be bestowed in the following categories.

Camera, Best . . .

Camera Drone
Instant Camera
Action Camera
Small-Format System Camera
Full-Frame System Camera
Medium-Format System Camera
Fixed-Lens Compact Camera

Camera Accessory, Best . . .

Camera Bag
Tripod
Speedlight

Best Industrial Design

Lens, Best . . .

Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Standard Prime Lens
Medium-Range Zoom Lens
Telephoto Prime Lens
Telephoto Zoom Lens
Special Purpose Lens

Lighting & Studio, Best . . .

Light Modifier
Continuous Light Source
Portable Battery Powered Studio Light
Studio Strobe

Best Inkjet Printer

Software, Best . . .

Photo-Editing Software
Software Plug-in

Storage, Best . . .

Memory Card
Backup Solution

In addition, ticket availability for the Lucie Technical Awards will be announced shortly. For the complete list of awards and to nominate, log onto tech.lucies.org/nominate.

Lucie Foundation

The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent as well as promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.

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