• Cameras
    • Digital SLR less than $1,000
    • Digital SLR between $1,000 and $3,000
    • Digital SLR between $3,000 and $7,000
    • Digital SLR more than $7,000
    • Medium-format Digital Camera System
  • Digital Storage Media
    • Media Card (in-camera memory card)
    • Portable Hard Drive and Display
    • Media Card Reader
    • Portable Hard Drive
  • Lighting Equipment
    • Continuous Light System
    • Light Meter
    • Light Modifier
    • On-Camera Flash
    • Portable Flash System
    • Power Pack
    • Slave/Trigger System
    • Studio Flash System
  • Lenses
    • Wide Zoom Lens
    • Standard Zoom Lens
    • Telephoto Zoom Lens
    • Macro Lens
    • Wide-angle Lens
    • Telephoto Lens
    • Tilt-shift Lens
    • Medium-format Lens
    • Lens Filter
    • Standard Prime Lens
  • Inkjet Printers
    • Inkjet Printer less than $500
    • Inkjet Printer between $500 and $1,000
    • Inkjet Printer between $1,000 and $5,000
    • Inkjet Printer more than $5,000
  • Inkjet Media
    • Matte Paper
    • Glossy Paper
    • Semi-Gloss/Luster Paper
    • Fine-art Paper
    • Canvas
  • Dye-Sub Printers
    • Dye-Sub Photo Printer
  • Studio & Location Equipment
    • Tripod or Camera Stand
    • Digital Projector
    • Background
    • Camera Bag
    • Camera Case
    • Posing Tool
    • Color Management System
    • HDSLR Stabilizer
  • Mobile Apps
    • Organization
    • Business
    • Photography
    • Other
  • Software
    • Video Editing Software
    • Capture/Processing
    • Image Editing
    • Plug-ins/Actions
    • Painting
    • Album Design/Layout
    • Presentation/Slideshow
    • Studio Management
    • Digital Asset Management
  • Presentation & Marketing Materials
    • Traditional/Matted Photo Album
    • Contemporary/Unmatted Photo Album (including flush mount and magazine-style albums)
    • Online Print Order Fulfillment Service
    • Online Album Design and Hosting
    • Frame
    • Display Box or Item
    • Novelty or Add-on Sales Item
    • Digital Templates - Presentation
    • Digital Templates - Marketing Materials
    • Press Products (cards, calendars, mini-books, stickers, etc.)
    • Digital Embellishments (textures, backgrounds, etc.)
    • Packaging (boxes, tins, bags, ribbon, etc.)
  • Educational Resources
    • DVD
    • Book
    • Website
    • Workshop/Seminar
  • Miscellaneous
    • Miscellaneous

Entry Process

The 2014 Hot One Awards entry process is open now and will continue until Tuesday, April 29 (midnight EDT). Using our online form, you may enter as many products as you wish, as long as they adhere to the submission requirements and fit within one of the assigned categories.

Submission Requirements

The Hot One Awards are open to new or significantly revised products officially released between March 16th, 2013, and March 15th, 2014.

Proof of product availability may be required before a winner is announced. Entries for recently released products must include a link to an e-commerce site that carries the product or have some other form of verification that the product is currently available to customers.

Please submit a separate form for each product you want to nominate. If you have a product or service that does not fit into one of the official product categories, please use the Miscellaneous option.

Please do not send product samples, hard-copy entry forms or other product information to the Professional Photographer offices as these items will not be considered in the judging. Please do not attempt to contact or correspond with the judges directly. Judges will not review product samples sent by contestants.

Professional Photographer reserves the right to adapt and modify categories based on entries, feedback from judges or other editorial determinations. The decisions of the editors related to categories and winning products are final.

Product Links

The entry form will include a space to provide a Web link. You may use this space to offer more information about your product or you could set up an online product demo.

Judging Process

The judges are well-regarded professional photographers who are not employed by Professional Photographer. They have been selected because of their expert level of photography knowledge.

Judges will make their selections based on the information provided in the Hot One entry form, coupled with their overall industry knowledge. Judges have been instructed to vote only on the categories in which they feel they have a qualified opinion. They will choose one product in each category based on its exceptional quality, innovation, design, performance and, where applicable, value for price. If judges are split in a decision over a category, the editors will assign a tie. Categories are decided by a plurality of votes.

Winners' Rights and Privileges

Winners will be approved to use the 2014 Hot One Award logo on packaging and promotional literature directly related to the winning product.

Winners will be included in the special 2014 Hot One Awards write-up, scheduled to appear in the August 2014 issue of Professional Photographer magazine. Winners will also receive recognition on

For additional information contact Jeff Kent, Hot One Editor, PPA Publications:

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