Two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Cinematography – News and Documentary Awards

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I was pleased to find that I have been nominated not once but twice for an Emmy in the Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary category of the 2018 News and Documentary Emmy Awards. I have been nominated as a member of the respective camera teams for our work on BBC Science’s Forces of Nature and BBC NHU’s Wild New Zealand. These big science and nature documentaries are very much collaborative efforts from a filming perspective due in part to individual camera operators specialties and of course the huge scope of the series themselves. Just being nominated is an honour but to be involved in two of the five nominated programs is really amazing.

The five nominees are:

David Attenborough’s Light on Earth 
Director of Photography
Martin Dohrn
Jack Hynes, Fraser Johnston

Desert Warriors: Lions of the Namib
Will Steenkamp
Lianne Steenkamp

Forces of Nature 
Directors of Photography
Tim Cragg, Simon de Glanville, Roger Munns

Nature: Super Hummingbirds 
Mark Carroll, Ann Johnson Prum, Andrew Wegst
Nathan Dappen, Neil Lossin

Wild New Zealand 
Aerial Photography
Lavania Cook, Wayne Cook, Mat Goodman, Tony Monk Films
Alexander Hasskerl, Kilian Helmbrecht, Christina Karliczek-Skoglund, Moritz Katz, Mark MacEwen,
Justin Maguire, Kai Miedendorp, Robert Morgenstern, Roger Munns, Pim Niesten, James Reardon, Hamish Trott, Tom Walker, Josh Wallace


Some beautifully shot documentaries there and some very innovative camera work specifically on Light on Earth. You can read more about my work on the two programs on my previous blogs on Wild New Zealand and Forces of Nature. The Emmys are of course a US award which is why these two programs, which were filmed originally for UK television, have been nominated a year or so after they first were aired in England. Voice overs and edits may have changed slightly for the American audience but essentially the programmes are the same. Great to see so many UK and international names up there for an American award. It’s always a pleasure and an honour to have my work recognised at events like this and, regardless of who wins, it’s great to be mentioned alongside the other extremely talented camera operators who worked on these shows.

There is a full list of the nominations on the NATAS website. The award ceremony takes place in New York City on the 5th October and I’ll update the blog with the results once they are announced. Best of luck to everyone up for a nomination. Fingers and fins crossed…!