The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) announced that its annual Camera Operator of the Year Awards and Creative Vision Celebration would be going virtual this year, taking place on Sunday, April 11 from 5pm to 6:30pm PST.
SOC will bring together the community to celebrate the industry’s triumphs, masterful storytelling, and stand out creativity with the recipients for the Camera Operator of the Year Film & Television categories awarded live.
From the press release:
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.
SOC President and Awards Co-Chair George Billinger said, “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.”
Geoff Haley, SOC Awards Co-Chair, added, “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.”
The timeline for this year’s Camera Operator of the Year are as follows:
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
You can learn more about the awards and the submission process at SOC.org.
(Geoff Haley photo provided by SOC.)