GTC Awards

Date: 26/10/2009
The Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) held its Annual Awards event on 6th October 2009 at BFI Southbank (formally the National Film Theatre) in London.

The awards are unique in that they are nominated by television cameramen, recognising their peers work for excellence in television camera skills. Each Award for Excellence was given in recognition of a cameraman or team working in a particular genre of broadcast television.

Former BBC Scientist wins top Television Cameramans Award

A retired BBC Research and Development scientist won the top accolade at the recent Guild of Television Cameramens Awards ceremony.

Alan Roberts was the recipient of the TiCA (Television Cameramans Award) at the ceremony held on 6th October at BFI Southbank in London. In the citation, GTC Chairman Brian Rose said:

The Guild of Television Cameramens Award is awarded to an individual who, in the opinion of the Council, has furthered the cause of the Guild by fostering and improving the art and craft of the professional television cameraman over many years.

It is our major Award and this year, goes to a scientist.

Just as the work of the television cameraman is often not fully appreciated, eclipsed as it is by thetalent in front of the camera, or by the director, so the work of the back-room-boys who help as to create those images, all too often goes unrecognised.

Over many years, the recipient of the Award, has worked towards helping every one of us to improve our image. A leading colour scientist, working for BBC Research and Development, Alan has not only contributed to the technology behind the camera, with a huge number of White Papers, but has directly helped untold numbers of television cameramen get the very best images out of modern digital and high definition cameras.

This is no small talent. He combines the knowledge necessary to produce technically compliant images with a deep understanding of what makes pictures look beautiful and tell a story.

Alans advice and recommended set-ups have become the defacto settings throughout the world and he is constantly adding to this knowledge. He is equally at home with handling the intricacies of colour science with pages and pages of algebraic notations as he is with explaining how it all works to those of us whose minds go blank at the very sight of more than two numbers.

Indeed, he is one of those rare scientists who can explain it all and empower us to produce those stunning images some of which we have seen this evening. Its a rare talent.

GTC Founder Member Made Life President

Founder member, Dick Hibberd, thought that he was attending the Awards, purely to present the trophies to the winners. He was therefore somewhat shocked when after being interviewed about the early days of the Guild by vice-chairman John Henshall he was presented with an illuminated manuscript electing him as the first Life President of the GTC.

The citation was made in recognition of Dicks inspired work in founding the Guild and his continuing leadership in the promotion of the craft and creativity of the Television Cameraman.

Dick (member No. 001) was responsible for holding the first meeting at ATV Studios in Birmingham of what was to become the GTC in 1972.

GTC Awards for Excellence

The Awards for Excellence are nominated by GTC members and are voted upon by a judging panel.

DOCUMENTARY

Will Edwards Cruickshank on Kew

DRAMA

Dominic Clemence Kingdom III Crop Circles

ENTERTAINMENT

Karsten Jacobsen Eurovision Song Contest 2009

EXTREME

Bali Strickland South Pacific Islands

EXTREME

Jonathan Young Mark McCauley Ross Kemp Return to Afghanistan

FACTUAL

Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Camera Crew Home

MULTI CAMERA

Barrie Dodd and Crew Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scotts

The Seal of Approval is awarded to a manufacturer for a piece of equipment that, having been nominated by the membership and voted for by Council, has significantly aided cameramen in the advancement of their craft.

SEAL OF APPROVAL

Cammotion Vortex Matthew Gladstone as the inventor.

FELLOWSHIPS

The Council awarded Fellowships to Les Ager and Dudley Darby in recognition of their long service to the Guild.



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