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Australian Cinematographers Society

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Key people
Ron Johanson OAM ACS



Full name
Australian Cinematographers Society

1958; 59 years ago (1958)

Office location
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060.

The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing a forum for Australian Cinematographers to further develop their skills through mutual co-operation.



Its National Headquarters and clubhouse is located in North Sydney.


The ACS states the following aims:

  • To keep members informed about the latest technology with new equipment demonstrations and ideas through meetings and seminars.
  • To further the advancement of Cinematography in all fields and give due recognition to the outstanding work performed by Australian Cinematographers.
  • To provide a forum for Cinematographers to meet with other members of the industry to discuss and exchange ideas, promote friendship and better understanding of each other's industry role.
  • People

    Its first President was Syd Wood ACS. Its current President is Ron Johanson OAM ACS. The ACS presents annual awards for achievements in cinematography, including the Golden Tripod (the ACS's highest award for excellence), and the Milli Award to its Cinematographer of the Year. Members of the Society who are "accredited" are allowed to use the ACS suffix after their name. Accreditation is considered one of the highest honours bestowed upon a member and accreditation demonstrates more than just professional competence, but also creativity, consistency and aesthetic innovation.


    The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awarded the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) as the recipient of the 2014 Byron Kennedy Award at the 3rd annual AACTA Awards. The award celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries and is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence. The award jury said of their decision: "We have chosen the Australian Cinematographers Society under the stewardship of Ron Johanson ACS for its enduring and pivotal role in the pursuit of excellence throughout Australian cinema". The award was presented to Ron Johanson ACS on behalf of the Society at the AACTA Awards Ceremony in Sydney on Thursday, 30 January 2014.


    Five members of the society have been awarded with the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

  • Dean Semler ACS for Dances With Wolves (1990).
  • John Seale ACS for The English Patient (1996).
  • Andrew Lesnie ACS for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
  • Russell Boyd ACS for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003).
  • Dion Beebe ACS for Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).
  • Books and publications

  • AC Magazine is the quarterly journal of the Australian Cinematographers Society.
  • The Shadowcatchers: A history of Cinematography in Australia (2012)
  • References

    Australian Cinematographers Society Wikipedia

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