Society of Camera Operators Names Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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Mon, 10/09/2023 - 09:20 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of its upcoming Lifetime Achievement Awards. Recipients will be presented and honored during the annual SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards on Saturday, February 24.

Pictured, left to right, are camera operator Larry McConkey, SOC on set of Hugo and camera operator Mande Whitaker, SOC.For 2024, the SOC has announced the addition of a new award category, Camera Operator Unscripted, recognizing outstanding achievements in unscripted filmmaking excellence. 

Matthew Moriarty, SOC president said, “I’m especially proud to announce the SOC’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for Camera Operators working in Unscripted Television. These operators are a vibrant and growing component of our membership, and it is important that they be represented at what we think will be a very special event.”

The Lifetime Achievement Awards are given in recognition of outstanding achievement by an established person within the field of film and video production. The honorees of the Lifetime Achievement Awards were nominated in six critically acclaimed categories.

The recipients are:

Camera Operator – Larry McConkey, SOC

Camera Operator, Broadcast  – Dave Hilmer

Camera Operator, Unscripted – Mande Whitaker, SOC 

Camera Technician – Patrick McArdle

Mobile Camera Platform Operator – Rick Marroquin

Still Photographer – Claudette Barius

Moriarty added, “The SOC Awards honors not just camera operators, but the full spectrum of shot-makers on a film set, as well as the companies behind the equipment we use. Because it’s been such a difficult year, we wanted our next awards event to not only reflect the reality of what our industry faced in 2023, but to help start the healing.”

The Society of Camera