JUDGES' CITATION: This ball head provides a wide range of smooth movement, helping to quickly and efficiently reach the perfect camera positioning. The 494 Ball Head is made from lightweight aluminium and can handle camera loads of up to 8.0 kilograms. It offers three independent ergonomic controls – a main sphere lock knob, a friction control knob for tension adjustments, and an independent panoramic knob which maintains horizon flatness while enabling camera movement. The head is supplied with the 200PL-PRO quick-release plate, an aluminium component that’s compatible with world’s most widely-used head attachments; Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss.

Australian Camera magazine is Australia’s only member of the Technical Image Press Association. TIPA started in Europe back in 1991, and has been gradually expanding further afield so there are now members in the USA, Canada, India, China, Brazil and, of course, Australia. Australian Camera magazine was invited to join in 2010, so this year marks our eighth attendance at the awards judging.

These judges’citations have been sub-edited to conform with our house style for elements such as measurements  and numbers. In some cases, they’ve also been slightly amended to better suit the Australian market situation or enhance readability. Sensor pixel counts are the effective number rather than that the total (which is what we usually quote in this magazine).

For more information, visit www.tipa.com

To see all the winners of the TIPA WORLD AWARDS 2018, get the latest issue of Australian Camera magazine.