Spokane - That would be a fair point if it were just a single magazine dishing out its own awards but this is a bit bigger. From the TIPA website:
"The annual meeting of the Technical Image Press Association to vote for the best photographic and imaging products in 2012 was held on 24 March 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa.
This year at the TIPA General Assembly 29 member magazines and the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC) of Japan voted for the best product in each category. The General Assembly selected the best photo and imaging products in 2012 in 40 categories.
TIPA has member magazines from nine European countries plus Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and the USA."
Do you think awards should be handed out to products that are still in pre-production (the awards were only decided at the end of March)? Okay, the various journalists might've seen the 1D X in a number of guises as it gets developed but I still think it a bit too soon to declare it the best. Time will tell.