National awards

The 53rd Annual ACS National Awards for Cinematography

The ACS National Awards for Cinematography were held on Saturday, 6 May 2023 in the spectacular Crystal Ballroom on the water’s edge at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park.

Proudly sponsored by FUJINON FUJIFILM, the National Awards celebrated the best cinematography from across the country and was hosted by our Master of Ceremonies Ray Martin ᴀᴍ.

Download the programme here: National Awards Programme 2023.pdf »

Download the Winners List here: »

The video of the event is available here: »

Satellite Events

THE GRAY MAN screening plus Q&A with Stephen F. Windon ACS ASC
presented by Panavision at AFTRS theatre.

Followed immediately by Rosco/Leitz Drinks & Food After-party.

MEET THE NOMINEES presented by ARRI Australia
followed by an ROSCO RDX LAB Presentation.
AFTRS theatre.

With Thanks to our Generous Sponsors

Past Awards

2021 ACS National Awards for Cinematography

The prestigious 52nd Annual National ACS Awards for Cinematography were held in Adelaide at the Hilton Hotel on Victoria Square on April 30th 2022 and were hosted by the SA ACS Branch. The MC was the fabulous Ray Martin AM. This was a black tie event as befits the highlight of the ACS year. These Awards showcased the best of the best work from Australian DoP’s and celebrated the legacy of outgoing National ACS President Ron Johanson OAM ACS and welcomed our new National President Erika Addis.

The satellite events over the Awards weekend included:
– A special Screening and Q&A of The Dry with DoP Stefan Duscio ACS moderated by Kim Batterham ACS, sponsored by PANAVISION.
– ROSCO – LEITZ sponsored Drinks & Pizza in the Mercury CX foyer.
Meet the Nominees session sponsored by ARRI Australia with Kim Batterham ACS moderating.
– A special presentation where ROSCO and Fuse FX revealed their Prototype for Virtual Production.
– ARRI Australia staged Awards After Party at the Malt Shovel Taphouse

To view the Winners List click here »

To view a recording of the ceremony on Vimeo click here »

To view the Photo gallery click here »

2020 ACS National Awards for Cinematography

The 2020 National Awards were held on May 1 at the National Gallery in Canberra, following a weekend of events that included a screening and Q and A of “Higher Ground”, a Rosco- Leitz pub night, a meet the nominees event, Fixafilm’s film restoration presentation and ARRI Australia’s afterparty.

2020 National Awards for Cinematography Winners Announced

Watch the 2020 National Awards for Cinematography Ceremony

With Thanks to our Generous Sponsors

The Gold Award winners from the 2020 State & Territory Awards for Cinematography will compete for Gold Tripods and Awards of Distinction in most categories except for the CineKids and Student categories where Gold Plaques are awarded.

The highly respected Milli Award for the Australian Cinematographer of the Year will be selected from the National Gold Tripod winners.

About the Awards

Entries for the National Awards are automatically determined from the Gold winners at the individual State & Territory Awards, held in November the preceding year. Direct entry is not available into the National Awards. Only current financial members of the Society are eligible to enter into the State & Territory awards and must remain financial members at the time of National Awards’ judging.

The Gold Tripod

The highest award given in each category. A runner up may receive an Award of Distinction. Only one Gold Tripod and one Award of Distinction may be awarded in each category.

The Milli

All of the Gold Tripod Winners are then reconsidered to determine the winner of the Milli Award for ACS Australian Cinematographer of the Year.

The National Awards are held on a rotational basis between the States of NSW, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. On special occasions the National Awards may be held in one of the other States or Territories.