SOC Names Haley, McConkey Camera Operators of the Year

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Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators winners of Camera Operator of the Year in film: Geoffrey Haley, SOC and in television: Jim McConkey, SOC, were celebrated among industry peers and colleagues during the virtual 2021 Camera Operator of the Year Awards and Creative Vision Celebration on Sunday April 11.

Geoffrey Haley received the SOC Camera Operator of the Year in Film award for his work on Cherry. Photo courtesy of SOC.Hundreds of viewers from around the globe tuned in Sunday evening to the SOC’s annual award show. For the first time in the event’s history, the award show was hosted through a virtual platform due to the current world pandemic, offering a refreshing and innovative viewing experience.

Haley took home the title for his work on Cherry. He topped a talented group of nominees in the film category including: Don Devine & George Billinger (Greyhound); Jason Ellson (Mulan); John Moyer, (The Hunt); and Sasha Proctor (The Outpost).

McConkey won for his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The TV category nominees included: Don Devine (Perry Mason); Simon Jayes (The Mandalorian); Andrew Mitchell (Ratched); and Henry Tirl (Wandavision).

Bringing the community closer together than ever before, the virtual experience showcased a look through the last year, including a segment reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as featuring bloopers, behind the scenes moments, live interviews during the show, inspiring stories of perseverance, education, and more. It was an inspiring and emotional evening with many tears shared during the award’s Tribute to Toasts live segment, where the SOC acknowledged the many deaths from the last year with a toast and personal tributes.

In addition to celebrating the achievements by the exceptional film makers and crews, the SOC Awards proudly welcomed Dr. Thomas Lee from the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to center screen to the salute to the success of the SOC’s continued charitable efforts for the charity group, including filming the charity’s fundraising videos.

For further information about the SOC’s Creative Vision Celebration visit