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cameramanThe UK-based Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) recently announced its 2013 award winners at a presentation during the “Day in the Country” event in Aynho, Oxfordshire.  The GTC is an independent, international non-profit organization with over 1,000 members in the UK, Europe, Australia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. The majority of its members work in television jobs ranging from documentaries, narrative productions and corporate video to live events, current affairs, news and sports. Run by a council of volunteer television professionals, the GTC offers a channel for manufacturers to consult with working cameramen when designing new equipment.

The Day in the Country also included the GTC’s 41st annual general meeting as well as equipment demonstrations by sponsor companies. The day culminated with the celebration of this year’s best camerawork as nominated by GTC members, with the awards presented by the GTC’s current chair Keith Massey. This year’s top award, the TiCA, went to Charles Lagus, the BBC’s first natural-history cameraman who worked with Sir David Attenborough on the broadcaster’s initial nature series. “We simply disappeared for four to six months at a time, armed with nothing more than a couple of letters of introduction and our pockets stuffed with dollar bills,” Sir David recalled. “It was just the two of us. We didn’t have a director until about 15 years later!" The TiCA is awarded to an individual who has fostered and improved the art and craft of the professional television cameraman over many years.

The Mike Baldock Award was presented to Camera Operator and 3D Stereographer Holly Bantleman for her work with Raise the Roof in Kenya, a Kenya-based charity she founded to support Kenyan children and families in destitute situations. The organization was instrumental in building the Barut Youth Development and Sports Centre. Given to a person who has rendered valuable service to the GTC, the Mike Baldock Award is named in memory of the late Thames TV cameraman Mike Baldock. The GTC Seal of Approval honors equipment that has made an outstanding contribution to the art and craft of the professional television cameraman. This year’s award went to the Sony HDVF-EL75 studio color viewfinder, which is praised for its contrast ratio of more than 1,000,000:1; efficient power consumption; wide viewing angle; and extremely fast response time, making it is possible to focus on fast-moving targets with a color viewfinder.

The GTC also honored the following camera people with Awards for Excellence:

Fred Scott for “Atma Refuge Camp, Syria” BBC News (BBC1).

Graham Maunder for “Cold Chain Mission” (BBC2).

Nat Hill for “Coldplay MX World” (BBC1).

Richard Cook, Christian Moullec and Paola Moullec for “Earthflight” (BBC HD).

Jonathan Young for “Extreme World: Karachi” (BBC1).

Tony Etwell for “Grand Designs: The Water Tower” (Channel 4).

Dave Minchin for “Great Continental Rail Journeys, Boundles” (BBC2).

Marcus Elliott for “Heroes of the Skies: Wingwalker” (Five).

Paul Kirsop and Balazs Bolygo for “Hunted, Kudos” (BBC).

Jonathan Young for “Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve” (BBC 2).

The camera team for “Later with Jools” (BBC2), a special award for continuing excellence.

Nigel and Peter Meakin for “Michael Palin in Brazil” (BBC2).

Fabian Wagner for “Mrs. Biggs,” Episode 1 (ITV 1).

Barrie Dodd and the camera team for the Olympics Opening Ceremony, LOCOG (BBC).

David Higgs for “Restless” (BBC1).

Marcel Zyskind and the crew (Alastair Rae, Simon Tindall, Mark Silk, Jake Marcuson and Henry Landgrebe) for “Weightwatchers Commercial” (Channel 4).