Vitec Group

Manfrotto Wins Professional Photographer Hot One Award

07/31/2014 — 

Upper Saddle River, N.J. (July 24, 2014) – Manfrotto Distribution announces Manfrotto has won a Hot One Award from Professional Photographer magazine. Manfrotto won in the tripod/camera stand category for its MT190XPRO3, a compact 3-section aluminum tripod.


The annual Hot One Awards honor the hottest products and services for professional photographers. This year’s competition had more than 250 entries from nearly 100 companies competing in roughly 50 categories. A panel of judges, made up entirely of independent professional photographers, names the top choice in each category.


Manfrotto’s MT190XPRO3, a compact 3-section aluminum tripod is quicker and easier than ever to deploy and adjust, due to its new Quick Power Lock (QPL) leg lever design which provides a strong, ultra-fast and ergonomic locking system that allows for complete extension of the legs with one-hand in a single movement.  One of the most innovative aspects of the new 190 is its compactness, which yields easier portability. The new patented 90° column is accessible with a ‘one-finger’ operation, which lifts the mechanism out of the casting and allows the center column to swing to the horizontal position, with no disassembly and without removing the head or camera. The MT190XPRO3 is available at retailers nationwide, and retails for $245.00.


“We strive to provide innovative products and the most advanced imaging solutions for users of all skill levels and shooting styles,” said Bill Drysdale, President of Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. USA. “Being recognized by Professional Photographer and a panel of our industry peers inspires us to keep anticipating trends and creating new creative possibilities for users.”


For the past 15 years, the Hot One Awards have provided the Professional Photographer readership with a resource of the most effective and innovative products available in a variety of price ranges. Readers are treated to a resource compiled by independent, practicing professional photographers, selected for their expertise and knowledge. This year’s independent panel of more than 30 judges voted on products that ranged from cameras and lenses to photo albums and mobile apps. They made their selections based on overall quality, innovation, design, performance and value for the price.


 “The winners of the 2014 Hot One Awards are a unique group of products and services, representing some impressive innovation in everything from lens technology to software to inkjet papers,” said Jeff Kent, Hot One Awards editor for Professional Photographer. “The spirit of innovation is what makes this competition interesting year in, year out. This year’s winners are certainly carrying on that tradition and providing professional photographers with fantastic new tools for their businesses.”


For more than 100 years, Professional Photographer, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), has helped readers advance careers in the photographic industry. Each issue contains practical yet cutting-edge lessons in the artistic, business and technological aspects of professional photography. No other magazine offers a more influential presentation of the people, trends, products and photographs that define the portrait, wedding and commercial photography landscapes.


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About Manfrotto (Vitec Group) –

Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrottos experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fuelling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its eight key markets Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors. Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite and Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Elinchrom, Gossen, National Geographic, Metz, and Rotatrim.


About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869. It has never stopped growing and looking for new ways to assist its now 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success in the industry. See why photographers love PPA at