• 17 Jun 2024
    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 11:59 PM

    The New Zealand Cinematographer Awards encourage, recognise, and honour world-class cinematography in New Zealand. 

    Winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze NZCS award from one, or more, of the various categories is recognition amongst cinematographers that you have created a work of art that stands out and deserves acknowledgement.

    It's all about what you shot within the production's genre and format. What's more, because there can be more than one gold, silver, or bronze award in each category there is room for you to win an award no matter what your budget was. 

    An NZCS Award is also a career builder, automatically appearing on your IMDB profile for all to see. 

    Award categories

    • Student films
    • Music videos
    • Short films
    • News and current affairs
    • Magazine, lifestyle and reality
    • Corporate and educational
    • Documentaries and factual series
    • Web series
    • Commercials
    • Specialised and second unit
    • Drama & drama series
    • Features

    Who can enter

    To enter you need to be a member of NZCS and you must be the principal photographer of the entry, the episode or segment entered. You may enter more than one production. If you are not a member you may join prior to entering. 

    How to enter

    1. Ensure your production was released between 1 January 2021 and 31 July 2024.
    2. Choose the correct category
    3. If you haven't entered before, check this page for the detailed entry process.
    4. Register
    5. Submit your media and entry form by 31 July 2024. 
    6. Register each entry separately.

    Join us in celebrating the artistry and innovation of New Zealand cinematographers at the prestigious NZCS Awards ceremony on 26 October 2024.

    Important dates

    • Entries open: 17 June 2024
    • Entries close: 31 July 2024
    • Awards gala tickets on sale: September 2024
    • Awards black-tie presentation ceremony:  26 October 2024

    We owe the success of this annual event to our generous sponsors:

    Major National Sponsor
    The Xytech Group: Xytech Film Rentals, EMP Digital Technologies (EMP), X3 Studios and X3:XR.

    Platinum Sponsors

    Gold Sponsors

    Silver Sponsors

    Bronze Sponsors

    • 14 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield Street, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024

    This is a chance to be heard, to make a difference, and to shape the future of our society. 

    The AGM is open to all NZCS members and we encourage you to actively participate in the meeting. Ask those burning questions, share your invaluable suggestions, and even nominate someone for our esteemed committee. And hey, why not consider throwing in your own name.

    As a token of our appreciation for your support, we'll throw in a generous bar tab and some good warm food; giving us a fantastic opportunity to catch up.

    Registration is optional, yet we kindly ask that you do so in order to aid with planning. If you are not attending you may register your apologies and/or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. Simply follow the registration process and fill in the relevant fields.


    If you'd like to make a nomination or propose an agenda item please email Nominations can also be accepted from the floor but only if the nominee is present or has given consent.

Past events

18 Jun 2024 Behind the Lens with Jeff Cutter
17 Jun 2024 Still Stories: Images by cinematographers
15 Jun 2024 Camera Gimbal Workshop, Auckland
08 Jun 2024 Introduction to Cinematography for Drama Masterclass
04 Jun 2024 Darkness and shadows with Stephen Murphy ISC BSC
31 May 2024 2024 Accreditation Applications
29 May 2024 Sony Cine Sessions: Kickstart your cinematography career
22 May 2024 Politics of lighting with John Toon NZCS ACS
21 Mar 2024 The Director-Cinematographer Relationship with Carlos González SVC
29 Feb 2024 Pre production processes: What you need to know with Stefan Duscio
08 Nov 2023 What do the The Blue Book changes mean for you?
25 Oct 2023 The Relationship Between Cinematographer & Colourist
19 Sep 2023 What do the The Blue Book changes mean for you?
13 Sep 2023 Kickstart Your Cinematography Career
30 Aug 2023 Sweet Tooth screening + Q&A with Cinematographer Dave Garbett
08 Aug 2023 NZCS 2023 AGM and Catch Up
03 Aug 2023 DMX for Filmies Event with PLS
30 Jul 2023 Introduction to Camera/Lighting for Drama Masterclass
21 Jul 2023 Free screening of 'Oppenheimer' at Imax theatre
13 May 2023 6th NZCS Cinematography Awards & Gala Dinner
13 May 2023 An Afternoon with Erika Addis, President of the ACS
13 May 2023 Lighting Workshop with Renowned Australian Cinematographer, Casimir Dickson ACS
12 May 2023 Leitz & Rosco 6th NZCS Awards prequel drinks
01 May 2023 2023 Accreditation Applications
18 Apr 2023 From AC to NZCS 'Emerging Cinematographer of the Year' with Ray Edwards
23 Mar 2023 Lighting on big pictures: What you need to know with Aaron Morton NZCS
03 Dec 2022 Tools Down - End of Year BBQ
30 Nov 2022 Free Access to Filmmakers Academy Online Courses for NZCS Members
24 Nov 2022 Sony Cinema Line Showcase with Will Prosor and Heath McKinley
07 Nov 2022 2022 Accreditation Applications
10 Oct 2022 6th NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
06 Oct 2022 Conversations with Leon Narbey on 'WHINA'
20 Sep 2022 The versatile Peter Young talks documentaries
16 Aug 2022 The NZCS 2022 AGM and Catch Up
26 Jul 2022 Work Life Balance
13 Jul 2022 VIRTUAL EVENT - Setting the tone with Neil Cervin
13 Jul 2022 Setting the tone with Neil Cervin NZCS CSC
03 Jul 2022 Christchurch: Camera and Lighting for Drama Masterclass with Cinematographer Alun Bollinger NZCS
28 May 2022 NZCS Awards live stream
04 May 2022 WEBINAR: Camera Pathways
21 Apr 2022 WEBINAR: Cinematography, Art and Magic - the DP/Production Designer Relationship
12 Apr 2022 WEBINAR: DP and Camera Operators
31 Mar 2022 WEBINAR: Up Above & Down Below
16 Mar 2022 WEBINAR: Talking Shoot Prep
18 Nov 2021 State-of-the-Art Lighting Discussion
05 Oct 2021 WEBINAR: Virtual Studios with The Mandalorian's DP, Barry Idoine
15 Sep 2021 The 2021 NZCS AGM
17 Aug 2021 The 2021 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
11 Aug 2021 2021 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
23 Jun 2021 Conversation with cinematographer Jaron Presant in Christchurch
04 May 2021 Conversation with accomplished cinematographer Alex Disenhof
01 May 2021 Auckland: Assistant Camera - One Day Workshop
01 Apr 2021 2021 Accreditation Applications
28 Mar 2021 SEE IT, BE IT - A conversation with an online panel of women in film
07 Nov 2020 Christchurch: Assistant Camera - One Day Workshop
27 Oct 2020 Beyond the Greenscreen
14 Oct 2020 Bolt Motion Control Robot **event postponed to 2021**
16 Jun 2020 The 2020 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
27 May 2020 Webinar Q&A #3: Denson Baker NZCS ACS talks 'The Luminaries'
13 May 2020 NZCS Cinematographer-at-Home Webinar Q&A #2: An approach to local feature length production with David Paul NZCS
24 Apr 2020 2020 Accreditation Applications
22 Apr 2020 Live Web Q&A with Cinematographer Dave Garbett: Tips and tricks for Filming Car Interior Travelling Process Shots
11 Mar 2020 Views from the legendary Victor Armstrong
03 Mar 2020 Conversation with cinematographer Quyen Tran
25 Feb 2020 RE-DEFINING CAMERA MOVEMENT An emotional journey of cinematic immersion with Shane Hurlbut ASC
17 Dec 2019 Questions and answers - the new Sony FX9 in real life
07 Dec 2019 NZCS Masterclass: HDR Grading
12 Oct 2019 NZCS Awards 2019 Gala Dinner
11 Oct 2019 Kick off the NZCS Awards with prequel drinks
10 Oct 2019 Moving Pictures: Filmmakers and the Art of Cinematography
18 Sep 2019 Conversation with remarkable cinematographer Dave Perkal ASC
17 Sep 2019 Phantom Flex4K Light
13 Sep 2019 Conversation with cinematographer Russell Carpenter ASC
13 Aug 2019 2019 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
13 Aug 2019 The 2019 NZCS AGM and Catch Up
16 Jun 2019 2019 Accreditation Applications
01 May 2019 Unmanned Underwater Camera
20 Mar 2019 Accredited DP Simon Raby talks Mortal Engines
20 Feb 2019 Screening of Utu Redux - Geoff Murphy's classic, enhanced & restored
16 Nov 2018 Meet LED suppliers - Brother, Brother & Sons (BB&S)
20 Oct 2018 NZCS Awards 2018 Gala Dinner
18 Oct 2018 Drop by for a beer, snacks, and catch up
16 Aug 2018 2018 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
16 Aug 2018 Large Format
15 Aug 2018 Conversation with exceptional DP Denson Baker
03 Jul 2018 Sign here?
24 Jun 2018 2018 Accreditation Applications
12 Jun 2018 HDR for Netflix and beyond
07 May 2018 Frame.UP 2018
11 Apr 2018 Meet the new Panavision DXL2 and new LF Artiste Lenses
07 Mar 2018 Meet RED Techs and the Monstro full frame camera
23 Feb 2018 ARRI ALEXA Large Format camera and Signature Primes launch
18 Dec 2017 Conversation with exceptional UK DP Steve Annis
13 Dec 2017 Combined Guilds Christmas Party Wellington
06 Dec 2017 Combined Guilds Christmas Party Auckland
05 Dec 2017 Waru: 8 directors + 8 perspectives + 8 single shots = 1 feature film
29 Nov 2017 Member Survey: ethics and Hobbits
14 Oct 2017 Celebrate 100 years with ARRI
14 Oct 2017 NZCS Awards 2017 Gala Dinner
14 Oct 2017 An Afternoon Conversation with the Venerable Alex Funke
14 Oct 2017 Softdrop designer makes flying visit
13 Oct 2017 Kick off the NZCS Awards with prequel drinks
20 Aug 2017 Spring car boot gear sale
01 Aug 2017 2017 NZCS Awards for cinematography entries
26 Jul 2017 Shooting RAW: new cameras, tools, and techniques
25 Jul 2017 ARRI's cutting edge lighting and camera workshop
15 Jul 2017 2018 Accreditation Applications
30 May 2017 ARRI Meetup & CineGear Preview
02 May 2017 Chasing big pictures with big lenses
24 Jan 2017 Shortland St set visit
16 Nov 2016 360 AR and VR - get ahead the curve
15 Oct 2016 NZCS Awards 2016 dinner
15 Oct 2016 Pre-Awards scoop: see the RED 8K Helium cameras
15 Oct 2016 NZCS Awards Bonus - A Conversation with Tom Stern
17 Aug 2016 Tab on the bar and AGM
15 Aug 2016 NZCS awards entries
11 Aug 2016 Full Colour LEDs: don't be late to the lighting revolution
21 Jun 2016 Drones: leaving the Wild West behind
31 May 2016 2016 Accreditation applications
18 May 2016 Crossing Rachmaninoff with Simon Raby and Rebecca Tansley
09 May 2016 Leica Cine Lenses and the Nature of Image, with Rainer Hercher
30 Mar 2016 LEDs and lighting: What you need to know
08 Mar 2016 Meet the new baby before it goes home
24 Feb 2016 Evil Dead comes to life in Auckland

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