NEW Category “Camera Operator Unscripted” Award Added
Los Angeles, CA (October 4, 2023) — The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the upcoming Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards. Recipients will be presented and honored during the annual SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards on Saturday, February 24, 2024.
New for 2024, the SOC has announced the addition of a new award category, “Camera Operator Unscripted,” recognizing outstanding achievements in unscripted filmmaking excellence.
Matthew Moriarty, SOC President shared, “I’m especially proud to announce the SOC’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for Camera Operators working in Unscripted Television. These operators are a vibrant and growing component of our membership, and it is important that they be represented at what we think will be a very special event.”
The Lifetime Achievement Awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by an established person within the field of film and video production. The honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Awards were nominated in six critically acclaimed categories including: Camera Operator Film and Television, Camera Operator Broadcast, Camera Technician, Mobile Platform Camera Operator, Still Photographer, and (new) Camera Operator Unscripted.
The recipients are:
- Camera Operator – Larry McConkey, SOC
- Camera Operator, Broadcast – Dave Hilmer
- Camera Operator, Unscripted – Mande Whitaker, SOC
- Camera Technician – Patrick McArdle
- Mobile Camera Platform Operator – Rick Marroquin
- Still Photographer – Claudette Barius
Moriarty added, “The SOC Awards honors not just camera operators, but the full spectrum of shotmakers on a film set, as well as the companies behind the equipment we use. Because it’s been such a difficult year, we wanted our next awards event to not only reflect the reality of what our industry faced in 2023, but to help start the healing.”
The Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented at the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards on Saturday, February 24, 2024, benefiting the The Vision Center at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Awards details and past recipients can be found on the Awards site: SOCAwards.com. For further information about the SOC’s Annual Society of Camera Operators Awards visit SOC.org. More details to be announced.