Oakland, CA—At this year’s virtual edition of Visual 1st, a panel of high-powered industry experts presented the four 2020 Visual 1st Awards to the most outstanding among 28 products competing in this year’s show-and-tell demo sessions. Visual 1st is a premier conference that promotes innovation and also partnerships in the photo and video ecosystem.
The judging panel for the Visual 1st Awards was composed of prominent representatives of the high-tech media; intellectual property associations; as well as the investment community. The endorsements of those sectors are critical to app developers.
Moreover, this year’s judges were: Sami Niemi, partner at Spintop Ventures; Anna Dickson, visual lead of Google Image Search at Google; Marcel van der Heijden, partner at Speedinvest; and also Andy Kelm, managing director of Palmarés Advisors.
2020 Visual 1st Awards
Following are the four winners and what the judges had to say about them.
Best of Show Award: Profoto
“Profoto has leading products in light shaping (directional illumination) that are hard to replace just by software or by illumination from the camera device only. We really like how the company has embraced the smartphone camera as a revolutionary new platform for future photography with its even increasing quality as well as creative capabilities. Furthermore, Profoto’s latest smartphone software, in combination with their light-shaping hardware, will take photography to new levels,” commented Sami Niemi.
Best Business Potential Award: Mobius Labs
“As the world becomes a more visual place and the use of imagery continues to expand across professions, understanding, organizing as well as leveraging those visuals becomes more important than ever. We were impressed by the work that Mobius Labs is doing in the space of AI and visual content management. There’s an opportunity to grow the use of this technology across any business leveraging visuals today; we look forward to seeing what the future holds,” said Anna Dickson.
Best Technology Award: Dotphoton
“When a company founded by two quantum physicists and a professional photographer join forces to build an imaging company, we have to take note. Dotphoton is using deep insights into the quantum processes occurring at the image sensor level to create a lossless compression technology; it’s achieving compression ratios only seen with lossy methods. With Apple now enhancing support for RAW, the volume and size of images continuing to grow fast; AI/ML image-processing use cases are more mission critical in B2B. We believe there’s a bright future ahead for the company,” explained Marcel van der Heijden.
Special Recognition Award: Snapbar
“We all appreciated the company’s story of having to pivot with revenues going to zero overnight due to Covid-19. We were also struck by Snapbar’s ability to find an unmet need and focus the team to deliver something entirely new so quickly. The early traction of the new product is impressive; we celebrate the resilient spirit of Snapbar,” said Andy Kelm.
The following companies supported Visual 1st by sponsoring this year’s awards: Visual 1st Best Technology Award, Fujifilm; Visual 1st Best Business Potential Award, Circle Graphics.
Companies competing for the Visual 1st Awards this year demoed their products to a live online audience of 230 photo and video industry vendors. Those companies were: Autopilot Print, axle ai, Capsule, Deep Render, Dotphoton, FilmLab, ip.labs, Kaleido, Mediaclip, Mobius Labs, Monument, ON1, Overcast, Photo Lab, PhotoRoom, Phototales, Pixii, PixxiBook, Printbox, Profoto, Snapbar, Solocator, Stampix, The Luupe, Viesus, Vivid-Pix, VsnapU, as well as Zenfolio. visual1st.biz