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Society of Camera Operators (SOC) Announces Camera Operator of the Year Awards & Creative Vision Celebration

Feb 4, 2021

The Society of Camera Operators has announced that the Camera Operator of the Year Awards & Creative Vision Celebration is going virtual.

On Sunday, April 11th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm PST, the Society will bring together the community to celebrate the industry’s triumphs, masterful storytelling, and stand out creativity. Nominees for the Camera Operator of the Year Film & Television categories will be awarded live.

Gretchen Warthen SOC

“This is an opportunity for the SOC to acknowledge and honor our fellow operators and their remarkable work. It is even more critical for the SOC to do so during these adversely challenging times.” George Billinger, SOC president & awards co-chair.

The hour and a half virtual celebration will showcase segments honoring camera operators and crew from over the past year, as well as, shine light on the work that the SOC continues to do in their partnership with The Vision Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The evening is anticipated to also include some lighthearted moments of challenges experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic from camera operators and crew.

George Billinger SOC

“The Society has a role in highlighting the contribution of camera operators. The Awards and Celebration will certainly do that, including a spirited celebration with a virtual twist.” Geoff Haley, SOC Awards co-chair.

Camera Operator of the Year timeline:

February 15: Camera Operator of the Year Film & Television submissions open
March 10: Camera Operator of the Year Film & Television submissions close
March 24: Camera Operator of the Year Nominees announced
March 31: Camera Operator of the Year Voting opens for Active membership
April 9: Camera Operator of the Year voting closes
April 11: Camera Operator of the Year Recipients announced live virtually

Jim McConkey SOC

Make sure to check out our article about camera operators in Cinematography World Magazine (CW001/January 2021 edition), part of our regular look at the skills and talents of camera operators around the globe.

Header picture: Geoffrey Haley SOC

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