Entry Process


Welcome to the 16th annual Professional Photographer Hot One Awards, highlighting the professionals' choice of top photography gear and services.

Before you proceed to the entry tab, here are a few answers to FAQs that may help speed the process.

Why do I have to register?
By registering, you can go back into the system to enter multiple products or edit your entry if details about your product change, such as price or version number.

The categories are different from last year. Why?
Because of the changing dynamics of product introductions, we decided to broaden some categories, eliminate some, and make some more function based. In the broad categories, we will create subcategories based on the entries we receive before we open the judging process.

What else is new?
Judges may vote for two or three entries in some categories.

How are the winners decided?
Winners are decided by a plurality of votes in a category. For this reason, it may not benefit your company to enter multiple, similar products in the same category, as you may split your votes between those products rather than focusing all on one strong entry.

Who are the judges?
The judging panel includes some of the most experienced and well-regarded professional photographers working today. All are independent photographers not employed by Professional Photographer.

How new does my product have to be?
Your product or service must have been released on or after March 16, 2014, and before March 15, 2015.

What about our new version of our software? Does that count as new?
Only if it was a major upgrade. Editors will make the decision on eligibility if need be.

How large should the image be?
It's easiest for everyone if you upload the image you'd like us to reproduce if your product or service wins. It should be around 1,500 to 2,100 pixels on the long side. Please do not upload a massive image that may choke the system.

My product doesn't fit in any of your categories. What do I do?
Please use the Write-in category.

When will the winners be notified?
Between May 27 and June 3. Because we get hundreds of entries, you will not be notified if your entry did not win.

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