ISO, IEC and ITU’s committee for JPEG receives Emmy Award

The experts behind the standard for JPEG were recognized with an Engineering Emmy by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 71st Engineering Emmy Awards last night.

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By Clare Naden
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An example of cutting-edge innovation, the JPEG has remained one of the leading still-image formats for 27 years, enabling the world to use and share billions of images every day. The experts behind the technology, collectively known as the ISO/IEC and ITU Joint Photographic Experts Group of ISO/IEC JTC 1’s [1] subcommittee SC 29, Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, have now been granted an Engineering Emmy for their invaluable contribution to engineering developments.

The Engineering Emmy is presented to an individual, company or organization for “engineering developments that are so significant an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television”.

In receiving the award, the ISO/IEC and ITU JPEG Group was recognized for its “groundbreaking and game-changing work of lasting value to the television industry”.

“It is a real pleasure to see the work of our experts recognized in this way,” said Sergio Mujica, Secretary-General of ISO. “This group is at the forefront of innovation and technology in the industry and represents a good example of how standardization work can result in groundbreaking solutions and technologies that impact us all. It is also a great example of fruitful collaboration between many countries and organizations, and I wish to congratulate all of those who were involved.”

In accepting the award, Mr Teruhiko Suzuki, Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29, said:

“JPEG is used everywhere, all the time. Every day around the world, a huge number of JPEG images are created, uploaded and shared. It’s a great achievement by the JPEG committee.”

The JPEG standard, ISO/IEC 10918, Information technology – Digital compression and coding of continuous-tone still images, was first developed in 1992 and now consists of seven parts. These parts cover a wide range of aspects including compliance testing, extensions, the JPEG File Interchange Format (JFIF) and registration authorities.

To find out more about this technology, please refer to the JPEG Website.

For further information, see or contact your national ISO member.

  1. ISO/IEC JTC 1 is the joint technical committee formed by ISO and its sister organization, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), to serve as a focal point of standardization in information technology.
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