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About the NZCS awards

One or more of gold, silver, and bronze awards will be made in each category to recognize quality of the entries. If no entries meet the criteria for a particular award, then they will not be awarded. This approach encourages participation, and levels the playing field for productions with different budgets.

Why you should enter

Since it is not winner-takes-all approach, you may win a gold even if you are up against a production with a much higher budget. A gold, silver, or bronze award brings you and the production professional recognition for the quality of the cinematography, enhancing your CV and giving you a high quality plaque for your wall. It is a unique opportunity to have your work evaluated and positioned.

Who can enter

To enter you need to be a member of NZCS and you must be the principle photographer of the entry, the episode or segment entered. You may enter more than one production.

If you are not a member you may join prior to entering. Students who join prior to entering will get a discount. 

Deadline for entries

Closing dates for entries for the 2017 NZCS Awards will be announced well in advance. Subscribe to the NZCS mailing to to make sure you don't miss the announcement.

Eligible productions

Any production shot by a member of the NZCS and publicly released or aired between the dates of 01/01/14 and 15/08/16 may be entered. The production may have been released on any channel, but a feature film must have had a theatrical release first, and a telefeature must not have had a theatrical release. 

In the category Specialised cinematography part of a production may be entered, for example an aerial, underwater, or second unit sequence. In some categories a segment or episode may be entered. 

Award categories

  1. Student cinematography
  2. Experimental and installation
  3. Music videos
  4. News and current affairs
  5. Magazine, lifestyle, and reality
  6. Corporate and educational
  7. Short films
  8. Documentaries
  9. Dramatised documentaries
  10. Specialised cinematography
  11. Commercials
  12. Teleseries
  13. Telefeatures
  14. Feature films

Awards event

A fantastic black tie awards dinner was held on Saturday 15 October 2016 at the Heritage Hotel Grand Tea Room in Auckland. The date and venue for the 2017 NZCS Award has yet to be announced.

Al Guilford Emerging Cinematographer Award

This award is a memorial to cinematographer Al Guilford NZCS and is awarded to the best cinematography entry from an emerging cinematographer.

Turtz award for contribution toward cinematography

The Turtz award for contribution toward cinematography is made in memory of the influential camera department icon Ian Turtill.

This award is wide ranging and may cover any type of contribution to cinematography in New Zealand. NZCS full members may nominate someone for this award, which is generally made to someone who is not a professional cinematographer themselves.

Cinematographer of the Year

The Cinematographer of the Year Award will be the climax of the awards dinner, and is a best-in-the-show award selected by the judges from all the entries.

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