The Pentax K10D, Nikon D40x and Canon EOS-1D Mark III are among the cameras scoring victory in this year?s Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) awards.

The Nikon D40x (pictured) was named the best entry-level digital SLR, while the Pentax K10D won ?Best Expert? DSLR and the Canon EOS-1D Mark III claimed top spot in the best professional DSLR category.

Leica?s M8 won the best rangefinder digital camera award, while the Hasselblad H3D triumphed in the medium format system category.

TIPA?s membership comprises 31 European magazines (it does not include Amateur Photographer).

Accolades also went to the Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd (Best Ultra Compact Digital Camera), Nikon Coolpix P5000 (Best Compact Digital Camera), Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 (Best Superzoom Digital Camera), Samsung i7 (Best Multimedia Camera), Ricoh Caplio GX100 (Best Prestige Camera) and the Olympus µ 770 SW (Best Innovative Design).

Among the lenses to bag honours this year were Nikon?s AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF ED (Best Entry-Level Lens) and Sigma?s 70mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro (Best Expert Lens).

The HP Scanjet G4050 bagged the Best Flatbed Photo Scanner award. Canon?s Selphy ES1 was named the Best Small Format Photo Printer, while the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 won the Best Expert Photo Printer title.

TIPA?s favourite new film was Kodak Portra II, while Apple?s Aperture 1.5 was judged to be the Best Photo Software and Nokia?s N95 was singled out as the Best Mobile Imaging Device.

To be eligible for consideration, the products must have been announced for introduction to the market between 1 May 2006 and 31 March 2007.

News update (17 May 2007): The Pentax K10D also won the Camera Grand Prix in Japan. Click here: K10D wins Grand Prix