Test Drive Product Showcase, Lucie Technical Awards, and Technology Roundtable Discussion Give Attendees Special Preview of Products, Expert Views on Industry’s Future
NEW YORK (October 20, 2017) — Emerald Expositions has announced it will host a series of special events on Wednesday, October 25, the day before the annual PhotoPlus Conference + Expo officially opens. Wednesday’s events will offer a sneak peek at future innovations, honor the most innovative products from the past year, and educate attendees using an expert panel of industry professionals discussing how new technology may ultimately shape our future as photographers. These special events are free to all registered attendees of PhotoPlus Expo.
“We are very excited to kick-off this year’s PhotoPlus Expo by presenting three special events,” says Lauren Wendle, vice president and publisher, Photo+. “Everything kicks-off with a panel of experts who will share their thoughts about how new technologies enable photographers to reach new levels of creative excellence in the future, followed by our annual Test Drive event, which gives attendees an opportunity to preview new products before public display when the show opens the next day. The evening concludes with The Lucie Technical Awards, which recognizes excellence in photography products and individuals who have made significant contributions in photography this past year.”
Wednesday, October 25 Special Event Schedule
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Free to all Attendees)
Eyes of the Machines: How Will Smarter Cameras Help Photographers?
Digital revolutionized photography, but it may have just been a warm-up act. As artificial intelligence and machine learning have brought us more flexibility and creativity, they have already helped consumers around the world take better photos. But what happens when the eyes and experience of imaging pros are matched with the smarter brains of next-generation devices? Join a panel of industry experts as they discuss how future technology could further extend the boundaries and enable artistic expression that will set a new bar in creative excellence.
Moderated by Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, and a 30 year photo industry analyst, panelists will offer their thoughts about how advances in image processing are enhancing traditional elements of photography, in what ways can new capture and distribution technologies create new opportunities for professional photographers, and how new forms of artistic expression may rise as a result of camera evolution.
Technology Panelists include:
- Dr. Rajiv Laroia, CTO and co-founder, Light
- Jim Malcolm, general manager, North America, HumanEyes
- Steve Medina, Director, Product Management, Avegant
- Allen Murabayashi, photo industry blogger
3:00 – 5:00p.m. (Free to all Attendees)
Test Drive — New Product Preview + Networking Event
Test Drive is an opportunity for early birds to get an up-close-and-personal peak at what’s new and what’s hot in the world of imaging technology before they go on public display at PhotoPlus Expo. Test and compare the latest photography gear, ask questions, and explore the newest software solutions & photographic services from dozens of PhotoPlus exhibitors.
“Our annual Test Drive event gives our attendees and the media a sneak-peak to see the latest products and services in photo and video before PPE opens to the general public,” said Mike Gangel, Group Show Director. “It’s a great opportunity to ask questions in a more intimate setting and get a head start on exploring all the amazing products you will discover on the Expo floor.”
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Free to all Attendees but RSVP is required)
The Lucie Technical Awards
The third annual Lucie Technical Awards, presented by the Lucie Foundation, honors both large and small companies, as well as those individuals who have advanced the photographic industry over the past year. Awards will acknowledge advancements in several technologies including cameras, lenses, lighting and accessories, printers, software, and more. Products are nominated by companies and individuals and judged by a panel of photo industry experts. In addition, The Lucie Technical Awards will be presented to individuals who have had the greatest influence and impact in the photographic industry over the past year.
Hossein Farmani, Founder of The Lucie Technical Awards commented, “On the evening of October 25, we will announce the 19 winners of the coveted Lucie Technical Awards from a roster of 101 finalists representing 52 individual companies. These winners are selected by our jury of experts as the most innovative and successful additions to the photographic world’s tool kit. The Lucie Technical Awards are the perfect prelude to PhotoPlus Expo followed by The Lucie Awards, on October 29, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.”
The Lucie Technical Awards was established by the Lucie Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization whose three-tiered mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography, worldwide.
Registration to attend PhotoPlus Expo will also give attendees free access to the NYVR Expo, the largest trade show dedicated to virtual / augmented reality on the East Coast. NYVR Expo will run from October 27-28 and be collocated with PhotoPlus at the Jacob Javits Center.
About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo — http://www.photoplusexpo.com/ — showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.
PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.