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Nominations now open for Society of Camera Operators ‘Camera Operator of the Year’ and Technical Achievement Award

Nov 29, 2022

Nominations are now open for the Society of Camera Operators ‘Camera Operator of the Year’ award and Technical Achievement Award.

This award for Camera Operator of the Year’  is given to a feature film and/or television full-time camera operator who has operated on a distinguished project of considerable quality during the previous year. Anyone in the film/TV community may nominate a camera operator for this award, including, but not limited to, SOC members, directors, producers, production crew members, studios, and production companies. Camera operators may also nominate themselves.

Submissions will be vetted for their qualifications by the Awards Committee and then a Jury of Awards Committee members will select five (5) nominees in each category by vote. Selections will be made from the previous year’s best films or television projects, specifically those that employed a full-time Camera Operator responsible for operating the majority of the project.

The list of the final five nominees in each category will be sent to all active voting members of the SOC in good standing for a vote by secret mail, email, or web-based ballots.

For this award, there will be no consideration of any director of photography who also operated the camera on the same project.

The awards will only be announced at the Awards Celebration and will be kept private until that time.

Click here for submission guidelines and to nominate 

Sunmissions for eligible technologies for the Society of Camera Operators’ Technical Achievement Award from September 7, 2022, through November 30, 2022 are also invited. Please keep in mind the Award is for technology that is used by the camera operator and camera crew during production.

There will be a fee of $1150 USD per submission. Submissions more than one technology product per company are invited. Once a submission is received, one will receive an email from the SOC confirming the submission. At this time you will be required to complete the payment details.

Once all submissions are received, the Technical Committee will set up an in-person review during Demo Day. Demo Day will be hosted in the Southern California area on Sunday, December 4, 2022, where entrants will have the opportunity to present their technologies in a hands-on demonstration. Details and schedule regarding Demo Day will be sent once the submission period closes.

After the in-person reviews at Demo Day, the technical jury will deliberate and select the Award recipient. The SOC Technical Achievement Award will be presented at the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner and celebration on Saturday, February 25, 2023, hosted in person at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Awards details and past recipients can be found on the Awards site:

Online submissions here

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