Based in Madrid, five Board members, elected for a four-year-term by the General Assembly, form the governing body of the association. Members of the Technical Committee support the board with the selection and analysis of the new products introduced to the market and eligible to be added in the list of nominees.
Thomas Gerwers, a member of the board since 1998, was elected Chairman in 2008. The German photo journalist is editor-in-chief and publisher of ProfiFoto and managing partner of PF Publishing GmbH. Thomas Gerwers has been a part of the photo and imaging industry since 1990 and is a valued expert in the field of professional photography concerning the technical as well as creative, cultural and professional aspects. He is a qualified member of DGPh, the German society for photography. Thomas Gerwers developed TIPA from a European to a global association of photo and imaging publications, with a worldwide membership that has a total of over one million readers.
Giulio Forti, a journalist, co-founded TIPA in 1991 and became a board member in 1998, and Vice President in 2008. After nine years as editor-in-chief of the leading Italian magazine in the Seventies, he founded FOTOGRAFIA REFLEX in 1980 and ran the magazine for 36 years. In 1996, he launched, the first Italian online photo magazine. Forti wrote and writes books about techniques and photography history. On special events, he speaks about these matters. For “his outstanding support of the photo industry”, he received the prestigious photokina-Obelisk award in 1994. He now writes for FOTOgraphia as a correspondent and for the online magazine photojournal.it.
George Schaub has been covering the imaging industry for over 30 years and during that time served as Executive Editor at Popular Photography (US), Editorial Director of the Photo Group at PTN Publishing and Editorial Director at Shutterbug Magazine (US). He has authored over 20 books on silver and digital imaging, and was an Adjunct Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the New School/Parsons School of Design in New York City.
Roland Franken took his first steps into photography in his father’s darkroom, developing and printing the photos he shot for a local newspaper. He studied photo engineering at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, finishing with a diploma thesis on colour management. Recognizing the arrival of digital imaging he started his career as an editor for digit! magazine in 1993. In 2012 he acquired digit! as a publisher. Roland Franken is a member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh).
Johan Elzenga is the editor-in-chief of the Dutch photography magazines FOTOGRAFIE. His life-long passion for not only photography but also computers made him one of the very early adopters of digital photography, and he has written several books about this subject. Among these books was the first Dutch book about the RAW format, which became a best seller and is still considered as the standard Dutch book about this subject. Elzenga also still works as an independent professional photographer, with (African) wildlife as his most important specialty. His images are sold worldwide through leading stock agencies such as Getty Images and Alamy.
The mission of the Technical Committee, a four-member body with specific technical knowledge, is to select award candidates following an elaborate guideline. The Technical Committee works year-round checking which products have the prerequisites necessary to be considered for an award nomination.
The major responsibility of the Technical Committee is to evaluate competitor products and prepare a list of nominees per various categories. By TIPA standards, competitor products are those that sell in the same price bracket and have comparable basic features, so we do not compare an entry-level digital SLR with a professional one. The Technical Committee considers features, price/performance ratio, innovation, design, ease-of-use, ergonomics and efficiency. In some cases, the Technical Committee may suggest recognizing a product for other extraordinary reasons with a special award.